The first five years of a child's life are a period of extraordinary growth and development. A child’s development depends on what they were born with and what they experience. (Nature VS Nurture). A whole-child approach to growth and development involves multiple dimensions that interwove including a child's emotional, social, physical, language, cognitive, well-being.
Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff stated a powerful quote from his part in the research in the report, Neurons to Neighborhoods, "Children are born ready to learn. We don't have to make them ready to learn. We don't have to teach them how to learn. They are wired from the beginning to learn, and they're wired to experience and to master the world around them."
Our role as teachers at Pine Tree Preschool and Childcare Center is to provide an optimal environment in which each child can develop at their own pace and in their own way. Let their interest, their backgrounds , their experiences and the relationships we have with them, the objects and environment we provide for them, be the tools we use to further enhance their development. It is through quality program planning and relationship building with the children that we can connect the five areas of development; Emotional, Social, Language, Cognitive, and Motor throughout the time we have with each child.
During the preschool years, a child's world expands. They start to make friends and begin connecting with more adults beyond the family. The children become more mobile and verbal. They want to explore and learn about everything. It's a critical time in their development, and parenting adults and teachers play a central role.