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I am a big fan of preschool and toddler classes. Why? Because I learned how to do it in a Developmentally Appropriate (Practice) environment. It was so fun! It was so me! (*btw: DAP is not just limited to only preschool and toddler classrooms.)
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THIS IS WHAT I LOVE! I love children discovering things that are important to them. I love them choosing what activity they want to participate in. (Yes, teachers still guide them and can assign them to go to a certain place first if they never go there, etc, etc...) I love the happiness that is in a DAP classroom and the responsibility and autonomy that is there. I love that the children are doing and that they are in charge. I love how they learn to solve problems (in real situations.) I love that it allows children to learn on their own levels and feel great about it. I love that crafts and art are understood to be very different things. I love that the environment is print-rich but that the children are not pushed to read and do complex math too early. I love that the children are held in respect.
I love that DAP classrooms are about, completely, 100% focused on and centered around the children who are there.
That is beautiful. That is precious. That is hard and fun and glorious work.
For anyone who is not educated in DAP or who wants to read more about it, etc... here is an awesome article. I really like it.