Philosophy Statement

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Personal Philosophy Statement
I believe that every child is a uniquely special individual who must be provided with a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature cognitively, emotionally, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a future educator to help children reach optimal results in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three fundamental elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment: (1) The teacher acting as a guide

(2) Allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning (3) Promoting respect for all things and all people.
I strongly agree with the National Association for the Education of Young children in that high quality, developmentally appropriate programs should be both available and accessible to all children. Children under the age of eight have enormous potential for growth and achievement, and it is my sincere belief that they have the right to achieve their full potential. NAEYC divides the concept of developmentally appropriateness into two aspects; age appropriateness and individual appropriateness. This intrinsically coincides with my belief that children are unique individuals who may or may not reflect the usual characteristics of other children within the same age group. When the teacher acts as guide by providing access to information as opposed to acting as the primary source of information, the child’s search for knowledge can be met as they learn to find their own answers to questions. In order for children to construct knowledge, they must be afforded the opportunity to discover for themselves as well as practice skills in authentic real world situations. By providing children with access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being presented, educators create the opportunity for individual discovery and for the...
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