EARLY SCHOOL Big Ideas - to consider for your story boards

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What knowledge base do we have? What philosophy informs our teaching?  How do we want children to develop during their year with us?


Multi-sensory learning \  no "one way" thinking develops critical thought

Enriched experiences develop creative intellectual problem-solving

Learning is all a child does, sees, hears, thinks

"I am therefore I do"

Creative expressiveness is central to future esthetics and artistic thought


Equilibrium balance

Cognitive dissonance

Rehearsals and practice "lock in" knowledge

Repetition helps children remember

Memory is recall, focus and retention


Play is the learning mode of young children

Appropriate environments must be created, settings should be stimulating

Recognition of symbols, signs, logos seen in print, TV, internet, computer

All kinds of mental and social relationships

Cognitive development occurs top to bottom


Children who do not trust will not learn

Children are at risk, need risk-free schools

Children are people, not personal possessions, rooms are their rooms, not ours

Temperament and personality are what makes a child

(Actual) developmental needs are hierarchical


PreK and K are constructivists; they assimilate + accommodate = adapt

Dependency versus independence

Self confidence through self management of behavior


Math operations are the structure of numbers and math manipulatives are forms for understanding

Reality and fantasy are confused during early childhood

Grouping, sorting, matching, one to one correspondence are relationship-building concepts

Children trust adults to teach them higher more complex processes of learning

Commonalties and similarities in only one and two dimensions are basic intellectual traits

Ask Dr. Susan