Learning at Country Fun Child Care is based on free play – the foundation of learning in young children. Play has an essential role in a child’s over-all development.
- Fosters creativity and imagination.
- Encourages cognitive, emotional, and social skills.
- Cultivates initiative and independence.
- Promotes problem solving and decision making.
- Teaches emotional control.
- Furthers cooperation with others.
- Develops motor coordination, enhance physical health, and fight obesity.
A variety of open-ended toys and manipulatives are available at all times for children to play with. The selection of these toys and the physical set-up of the child care space changes as the interests of the children indicate. Projects incorporated into our play are developed around the interests and skill levels of the children participating. Children are continually assessed using the state Early Learning Guidelines. As an Early Childhood Educator, it is my responsibility to help the children in my care have a successful beginning on their learning path.
- developing a trusting relationship with adults
- understanding and following a routine
- learning to transition between activities
- encouraging children to collaborate and work together with peers
- developing an understanding of themselves as individual
- allowing children to take the initiative, express opinions and make choices
- viewing a child’s errors as learning opportunities
- using a child’s interests to motivate and engage them in learning
- assessing a child’s thinking, as well as their work, in order to support their learning
- develop a strong oral and receptive vocabulary
- develop readiness skills in math and reading
- develop gross and fine motor skills
I have found by approaching all interactions with “intention”, I am doing the best I can by the children in care. I believe I need to not just observe, but be sensitive to the individual needs of the young children in care. From there I can determine the most effective teaching strategies to use for each child and experience. I want to help each child get a good start on their path to a successful and fulfilling life. Not what I want for them, or what their parents want for them, but what they want for themselves. Children need to learn who they are and what they are capable of. With a positive self-image and self-esteem anything is possible.
From a belief that strong families support a child’s development, I see our daily contact providing the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with each family. This provides resources directly to families when needed and further supports each child’s development.
When one teaches with intention, one:
- has a learning environment that is rich in materials to offer students a variety of experiences and chances for interactions
- continually observes students to gage interests and level of comprehension
- encourages exploration
- talks with and listens to the students
- challenges students to question, stretch their abilities, and work outside their comfort zone
- continually extends students’ existing knowledge as new lessons are introduced
- covers all areas of instruction
- understands the content to be taught
- matches content to the developmental levels and emerging skills of students
- plans, but remains flexible
- uses spontaneous or unexpected teaching opportunities
- reflects on success of strategies used and alternatives
- reflects on their own strengths and weaknesses to direct their continuing professional development
Teaching from an “Intention” curriculum it doesn’t matter if I am helping an infant developing body awareness, a toddler expanding their developing language skills, a preschooler learning the alphabet, or the school-aged with homework support, if I approach each student and situation with intention I end up providing them with the “best” I can.