We strive to develop and nurture in the child a healthy physical body, full sensory integration, a well-established sense of rhythm, an alive imagination and sparkle – the foundations for future learning.
A Healthy Physical Body
During the first seven years of life, children experience the world kinesthetically, their every motion and exploration providing them a wealth of sensory experence. Young children absorb each impression, without yet having the ability to discern between positive and negative impressions, trusting the world with a great openness. As adults, we have the capacity of higher thinking and the cognitive ability to sift through our impressions and recognize those which cause us harm, creating barriers against them as necessary. It is our responsibility as adults and educators to protect children from these harmful outside influences and impressions, so that their senses are not prematurely blunted or taxed. In this way the children are free to experience the world around them.
Early childhood educators protect the “sense” system by supporting the physical systems of the child. Addressing physical comfort and well being, the teacher ensures the warmth of the children, dressing them in many layers for outdoor adventures and play. Good nutrition is encouraged as the children and teacher prepare balanced meals together. Holding it all together is the daily rhythm, bringing a comforting,reassuring sense of routine to the child’s experience of the school day, all in a natural environment that is stimulating, yet also soothing to the senses. This, flavored with light heartedness and delight.