Statement of Philosophy

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

 OUR BELIEFS ABOUT CHILDREN

 THAT IN ORDER FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE, THEIR BASIC NEEDS MUST BE MET.

 THEREFORE:         We strive to provide for their physical and emotional well being by establishing a warm, caring, and consistent environment where children can feel safe                                     and secure.

 THAT CHILDREN NEED TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF SELF-ESTEEM AND A FEELING OF “I CAN.”

 THEREFORE:          We enthusiastically acknowledge their accomplishments, encourage their attempts at a new skill, and console their feelings when success is not attained.

 THAT CHILDREN ARE UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS.

 THEREFORE:          We recognize individual strengths and weaknesses in each child and encourage each child’s growth.  We support the development of the WHOLE CHILD                                  and provide opportunities for learning which facilitate the child’s cognitive, emotional, communicative and motor development.

 THAT CHILDREN HAVE IMPORTANT RIGHTS AS HUMAN BEINGS.

 THEREFORE:          Our approach to discipline and emphasis on interactive processes offers the children choices and reasons for setting limits.  Since children need to learn                                     self-respect as well as respect for others, cooperative, considerate and appropriate behavior will be afforded to and expected from each child.

 OUR BELIEFS ABOUT FAMILIES

 THAT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IS CRITICAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EACH CHILD AND TO OUR PROGRAM.

 THEREFORE:           We encourage parental input and participation in all aspects of our program.  The assistance of parent volunteers in the classroom, participation in the                                      parent support groups, and parent contributions to decision-making through site-based activities are all means of accomplishing this goal.

 THAT OPEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FAMILY AND STAFF ENHANCES THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOTAL CHILD.

 THEREFORE:           Formal and informal communication between staff and families is accomplished through newsletters, progress notes, recall notes, parent-teacher                                             conferences, frequent telephone contacts, and home and office visits.  Open communication facilitates the carry-over of goals from school to home.

 THAT WE RECOGNIZE, ENCOURAGE AND APPRECIATE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES.

 THEREFORE:           We provide opportunities for sharing cultural values, experiences and customs through classroom activities and family events.

 OUR BELIEFS ABOUT LEARNING

 WE BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN LEARN BEST THROUGH ACTIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES.

 THEREFORE:           Our curriculum reflects the Illinois Early Learning Standards through an active learning and experience-based approach.  We provide stimulating and                                          varied experiences, encouragement for children to actively explore their environment, and ample opportunities for children to express themselves.  These                                   learning opportunities form a major part of the foundation for continued learning.

 THAT LEARNING IS OFTEN THE RESULT OF A CURRICULUM THAT RESPONDS TO THE SPONTANEOUS, EVER-CHANGING ENVIRONMENT. 

 THEREFORE:           Spontaneous events (i.e. a snowstorm, a child’s birthday) are easily incorporated into the daily schedule of activities.

THAT CHILDREN NEED TO LEARN TO COMMUNICATE THEIR FEELINGS AND NEEDS.

 THEREFORE:           We facilitate their language and social interpersonal skills within the classroom (i.e. request help or verbalize feelings).

 THAT CHILDREN NEED TO LEARN TO MAKE DECISIONS AND TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE DECISIONS.

 THEREFORE:           We provide opportunities and experiences to help children make independent choices.  By providing limits within the classroom and appropriate, natural                                     consequences for appropriate behavior, children learn to become more responsible for their actions. 

 THAT CHILDREN NEED TO LEARN PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS RATHER THAN “CORRECT ANSWERS.”

 THEREFORE:         We provide problem-solving situations in all aspects of our curriculum.

 OUR BELIEFS ABOUT LANGUAGE

WE BELIEVE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHILD’S FIRST LANGUAGE AND SUPPORTING FAMILIES USE OF THEIR HOME LANGUAGE.

 THEREFORE:           We accept and appreciate the benefits of developing more than one language.  We create connections with families that encourage a child’s language                                     acquisition.  We acknowledge an individual’s home language(s) during planning, instruction, and assessment.

 THAT TEACHERS AND FAMILIES SHOULD WORK IN A COLLABORATIVE AND PROACTIVE PARTNERSHIP.

 THEREFORE:           Families are the primary sources of knowledge and experiences who provide support for the development of languages.  We strive for teachers and                                         families to have a clear understanding of the inherent value of the home language and the role it plays in acquiring a second language.  We identify the                                     needs of families by creating a strong sense of community for a common purpose.