Our most proud expressions of our likeness. The need to provide the best possible
environments which give birth to the opportunities we all wish were afforded us,
is an inherent facet of our persona. The primary goals of the Early Childhood
Experience is to develop each childĂs self-esteem, to promote positive feelings
toward learning and to encourage positive social interaction.|
are going to look at the philosophy and teaching methods of preschools and make
a special visit one of Los AngelesĂs more recognized centers, The Jewish Community
Centers of Los Angeles. Renowned for its educational philosophy, the JCC prides
itself in providing a warm and creative environment within which children are
able to grow and develop the interactive skills necessary in attaining a positive
identification with all cultures.
Although a Jewish environment,
weĂve uncovered that all children of all religious denominations are welcomed
and in fact attend the JCC.
It is said that early learning is best
accomplished through active exploration, experience and interaction. Activity
centers that provide this type of environment provide children with endless possibilities
for creativity, exploration and discovery. The JCC is just that type of environment.
WeĂve uncovered several interesting facets of this center. Philosophies like,
"Learning is self-rewarding, joyous and non-competitive". The entire family is
an integral part of the educational process at JCC.
And as we all know,
the social interactive problems of adolescents today translate themselves into
sometimes horrific events and end up as the latest tragedy on the 6 oĂclock news.
The retrospective question of, what could we have done to prevent this, normally
haunts us for a long time. But lifeĂs experience teaches us that prevention is
better than cure. So maybe addressing the potential problems early on and providing
the type of social environment uncovered here in our investigation is the answer.
Early Childhood Education, usually beginning at age three, is intended to
prepare children for elementary grades. Many educators have found that children
who have been enrolled in preschool centers develop positive self-concepts and
basic understandings and skills that make them better able to apply their efforts
to intellectual tasks when they enter school. Studies of children revealed the
importance of the early years in physical, social, emotional, and intellectual
Every Child Care Center has the ability to incorporate a
variety of activities into a childĂs daily experience. Some schools may choose
a variety of easy indoor projects, while others may decide to simply revamp the
playground, and still for others it will be a matter of creating a full-scale
Most teachers say they remember the excitement
they felt as they approached their first early childhood teaching assignment.
But many educators have reported that some teachers' contentedness or lack of
contentedness is based on the control or lack of control they have of instructional
design and the curricula they use. Discontentment often leads to low morale and
loss of interest in providing an excellent learning environment for children.
When teachers are unhappy, their classrooms lose vitality. Some administrators
state that worksheet-based curricula provide a great resource for teachers who
have little enthusiasm, energy, creativity, or curriculum knowledge.
What these administrators fail to recognize is that worksheets, because they
are teacher-directed, do not take into account the unique interests and skills
of specific teachers and children. Most early childhood professionals agree that
curricula should be child-driven. Most also realize that it takes a great deal
of time and creativity to allow the children to discover and explore, while finding
the materials and resources to support each childĂs interests. This is thought
to be worth the effort for both the teacher and the child.