When embarking on the education of the young child, it is important to remember the “whole child” and the continuing development that is yours to play a part in.
Understanding educational theories can aid in working within children’s learning styles, developmental range, and group dynamics.
Dewey’s influence on the education of young children is seen in the works of Patty Smith Hill, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, and Abigail Eliot who furthered his ideas of “integrating childhood with life and cooperative living”. Schools that focus on the “nature of the child” encourage the child’s innate curiosity. A “child-centered approach” involves the teachers as facilitators with “real objects and real situations within the child’s own social setting”.
By: Dianna Dammir