We are committed to providing a safe and Christ-centered, age-appropriate early learning environment that allows children to engage in meaningful play and real work experiences. Beginning Steps Ministry’s educational philosophy is based on early childhood research and identified best practices for young children. We base our approaches to learning on the following:
- Curriculum supports the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.
- Children are individuals who learn at their own pace and this learning is best supported when the child is an active participant, is allowed to investigate, and provided opportunities to engage in real work.
- Optimal learning occurs in the context of safety. Creating a connected learning community establishes the sense of safety in the classroom.
- Learning environments should provide children with opportunities to explore, discover, create and interact with others and the environment. Learning environments should also provide opportunities for communication, developing self-esteem, and self-control.
- Children should be provided unconditional love and be accepted, respected, and comforted regardless of behavior.
- Family involvement in the child’s early learning experiences maximizes the child’s growth and development potential.
We seek to develop the whole child as in Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom (mental), and stature (physical), and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (social and emotional).” Beginning Steps teachers strive to create safe, predictable, supportive learning environments where limits and expectations are clear and consistent. It is our goal to facilitate children’s development in all areas – cognitive, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional.
Teachers create developmentally appropriate lesson plans following research-based best practices. Research tells us children learn by “doing” and through hands-on experiences. The Creative Curriculum and WEE Learn Curriculum are the framework used to plan the day, week, or month’s theme. While planning takes place with specific goals in mind, teachers are encouraged to be flexible, drawing on additional resources, in order to provide opportunities that maximize each child’s classroom experience.