- Develop and maintain a trusting relationship with each child.
- Implement nurturing, trust-building routines.
- Provide responsive caregiving to meet the individual needs of children.
- Provide learning experiences that help children feel competent.
- Offer children appropriate choices and challenges.
- Assign primary caregivers to infants and toddlers, to help build trusting, loving relationships.
- Talk with children, even before they understand anything you are saying.
- Respond to children’s attempts to communicate.
- Help children express their emotions appropriately.
- Provide many opportunities for pretend play.
Five fundamental principles guide practice and help teachers to understand the reasons for intentionally setting up and structuring preschool programs in specific ways.
- Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
- Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
- Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
- The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
- Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.
Dodge, D.T., Rudick, S., & Berke, K. (2011). The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos: Volume 1 The Foundation. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies Gold, Inc.
Dodge, D.T., Heroman, C., Colker, L.J., & Bickart, T.S. (2010). The Creative Curriculum for Preschool: Volume 1 The Foundation. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies Gold, Inc.
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