Our pedagogy​

At Stepping Stones Preschool, we have a “Hybrid pedagogy”

Various philosophies, such as Reggio Emilia, relational and The Curiosity Approach, have been examined, reflected on, and considered as we developed our pedagogy—how we believe children learn and how we teach in response. Vygotsky predicted that providing children with opportunities to practice and rehearse their learning while adults scaffold the process would result in a “lightbulb” learning moment that was as individual as the child. This is a central component of our teaching strategy. A “hybrid pedagogy,” which we refer to as a balance of adult-led and child-initiated learning interactions, is necessary for this central focus on providing opportunities for children to practice and rehearse their learning after it has been taught to them. This will give them the confidence to use and apply the learning in broad and deep ways in the future.

Caring relationships and being responsive to the children we care for are central to the relational element of our pedagogy. The profession of caring for the elderly, sick, or young is undervalued and oversimplified. It’s not just about cuddling and comforting others; it’s also about learning more about what they want and need. An ethic of care encompasses more than just satisfying a child’s need for attention; Care that promotes autonomy, not smothering care, is the goal. Early childhood professionals must strike a balance between what children want and what will stretch and develop their knowledge and growth because what they want is not always in their best interest. In order for children to learn how to cultivate caring relationships and a caring attitude for themselves, we hope to demonstrate the care ethic in our interactions with everyone.

The curiosity approach aspect relies on child-led learning rather than directing and instructing children. Children develop confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as a result of making their own decisions and figuring things out for themselves. By creating active learners, children are more engaged in their environment and have a lot more fun. They are in charge of their own development and choose activities which play to their own interests.

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