Personal Philosophy of Education
As an early childhood educator, I realize that I play a major part in the beginning education of small children. I believe that the goal of early childhood education is to support and advance children’s development by fostering their individuality, letting them explore their creativity, and help create their ability to become social beings with independent thoughts. By fostering individuality, you are allowing the child to identify with themselves, figuring out through their senses what their likes and dislikes are. Exploring their creativity allows the child the ability to free their minds and use their imaginations and giving them the tools to interact with others their age and have the freedom to make their own decisions.
I believe the purpose of early childhood education is instituting the basic building blocks of learning in a child’s early years. This is both important and rewarding. Birth through age five is a pivotal time in a child’s development. These are the critical years when a child is most influential and can be easily exposed to learning. Being a part of the initial fundamentals a child needs to grow and adapt into a successful individual is far more gratifying than any salary. A wise friend of mine who has been a 60 year old dentist Pittsburgh and 27 year old father explained how grant it, money is needed to live and operate in society on a daily basis, but giving a young person the tools to be a success academically and personally is worthwhile.
Every child has certain learning and developmental needs. These needs include fostering oral language and communication, making the most of the environment and daily routines, focusing on each child individual personality and characteristics; linking their culture into the learning experience; teaching through social interactions ; teaching conflict resolution and redirecting negative behavior and using technology.
I believe that effective teaching is tailored to the needs of each child when all children’s levels of learning are acknowledged and understood. Through small group activities, group activities and one-on-one, the learning capacities of the children can be observed so that as the teacher I can adjust my lesson plans and curriculum accordingly.