We approach teaching with a child-centered philosophy and believe that every aspect of a child’s personality, be it cognitive, social, emotional, physical, or spiritual, should be touched or challenged in some way during his or her journey with us. Each of these areas is interrelated, and in a relaxed and rich learning environment, these aspects can naturally integrate to create maximal and effective learning.
We believe that each child is unique and do our best to nurture the intrinsic gifts they each bring and share with us. In addition, we understand that what truly makes a difference in a child’s life, beneath all the methods, materials, and the curriculum, is a teacher who cares about each child and who teaches from the heart.
Leaders in early childhood learning and development state that the earliest years of life are the most important. Half of an individual’s intelligence is developed by the age of four, and in these same years children are the most susceptible to environmental influences! In addition to parents, teachers have a very influential role as being one of the first links in a long chain of instruction. For success in a child’s progress through school, our teachers have a responsibility to provide for your child an environment that will stimulate and enrich him or her and help lay a foundation for future academics.
At Little Bear PlayCare & Preschool, it is important that we know your child’s level of cognitive, social and emotional development and have appropriate lessons and activities for those qualities. Preschool children love to learn by “doing.” They are active learners who gain knowledge by acting directly on and with concrete objects. Through these actions they can draw conclusions about their world. Within our daily classroom routine, we have many hands-on activities and projects designed to be stimulating and fun for your child. It is exciting that preschoolers are such tireless experimenters and investigators!