Educational Philosophy Statement
Early Childhood really has only one true purpose: to prepare children for life especially to know and serve God. This takes one step at a time, precept upon precept. The WMELS standard and the Bible help us to “train up a child”. I have heard it said by a number of kindergarten teachers, “Just teach them social skills and we can teach the academics!” I agree.
How can a child learn if he does not have the skills to get along with other children or follow instructions? Early Childhood Education should teach listening skills, following directions, helping others and taking turns. The academics will then come much easier. (Disclaimer – still be ready to teach academics where there is interest and ability.)
My role is as “Family Partner” teaching and modeling these skills through parent training, mini-preschool, structured and unstructured play and lots of outdoor exploration. All children learn differently. Our job is to give children opportunities to learn by seeing, hearing, smelling and touching.
Being a “Family Partner” is challenging. Parents have different forms of communication. They have a preferred form and the “I will never answer” form. First of all I find their preference and remember it. Not only does that improve communication but it reveals a caring start to the relationship.
Every parent and child come with family experiences, school, church (or no church) experiences, and with different temperaments. Parents are striving to do their best but often with limited or incorrect assumptions on parenting. I strive to research current trends while reviewing some of the “tried and true old school” parenting that also works so as to be ready to help them when they ask.
My goal is to teach parents to also become good students learning from scripture, available training and articles, and other parents, always remembering God gave then the child they are best suited to raise and that NOT everything they hear, read or look up on the internet is true!