Early Childhood Education Tools and Guidelines
– The best thing a parent can do is spend time with their child.
– All children have a need for undivided attention. Quality time of 15 minutes can make all the difference.
– Sensory stimulation is the foundation for brain development. Therefore, a vast variety of concrete experiences, meaning hands on, must be abundantly available for young children.
– The 3 largest providers for sending sensory stimulation to the brain are the lips and mouth, the palms and the soles of the feet.
– The ‘prepared environment’, at school and at home, support initiative, self motivation, curiosity, focus and concentration in a child. It displays order, a left to right and top to bottom direction, and it is intended to be ‘irresistible’.
– Speak or do – just not both at the same time.
– Trust in the child and follow their lead of interest and timing.
– Allow and promote independence in all matters of self help.
– Value the process of any concept learned, encourage repetition and acknowledge mastery appropriately.
– ‘I do it myself’ is essential in attaining success in life
– Move objects with purpose and respect instead of dumping them out.
– Focus and concentration require a quiet environment.
– A child who can play will be an adult who can work.
– Allow and promote uninterrupted play.
– Mastery of any concept is the reward in itself.