PHILOSOPHY

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The preschool philosophy of Honey Bear Preschool and Child Care Center is to provide a developmentally appropriate program for young children that fosters the whole child concept, respects each child as an individual and stimulates a child’s natural interest in, and enjoyment of, learning.

Our long-term program goals include helping children:

Honey Bear Preschool and Child Care Center’s daily classroom practice and programming objectives will be designed to support the program’s philosophy and the established long-term goals. A program’s educational philosophy is supported not only through its curriculum, but also by the teachers, families, and parents involved in the program that provides role models for children. It is critical, then, for parents to choose a program with an educational philosophy that matches and supports their family values and their goals for their child.

We respect and believe in each child as a unique individual with the ability to construct knowledge about themselves, others, and the world around them through active learning.

We are committed to lower child-to-teacher ratios and smaller class sizes to enable teachers to:

The program at Honey Bear Preschool and Child Care Center is based on early childhood theory and accepted practices developed historically within the field of early childhood education by educators and researchers such as Froebel, Montessori, Piaget, Brazelton and White. Each of these, and many other theorists and practitioners has contributed to the body or knowledge that early childhood teachers use to guide a young child’s growth and development. Jean Piaget, for example, is recognized as a leader in the field of early childhood education in the research and understanding of a child’s cognitive (intellectual) development. Based on his findings, we are greatly concerned with the process of learning. From ages two through seven years, a child is developing many of the cognitive skills that are critical to the foundation of formal learning. Piaget’s research documents; that the cognitive stages of development, which a child experiences as s/he grows, cannot be skipped, nor is it possible for the child to speed through them. Most children, even at the youngest ages, are able to memorize and recite. But memorization and recitation are not the most meaningful learning activities at this stage. Our goal is to help foster the development of a young child’s creative thinking skills by giving them meaningful opportunities using play to experiment, explore, question, and discover.