Running Head: Parent Letter
Parent Letter to KinderCare Families Noi Kappes
This paper was submitted on April 23, 2014, Noi Kappes’ EC100 Foundation of Child Development class.
My name is Noi Kappes and I have been working with children professionally since 1996 and I’ve been with Kindercare since 2008. During my time here at Kindercare I’ve worked in the capacity of Discovery Preschool Teacher working with toddlers. My goal in writing this letter is to help you gain insight into some of the lessons I’ve learned regarding early childhood development and in doing so, help forge a partnership with you in support of your child’s physical, intellectual social and emotional growth. Developmental Psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner (1979) theorized that a child’s development is influenced by their environment and the people in it. This is why I strive to provide the best possible environment for your child, one most conducive of optimum development. Together we can ensure that your child’s development is the best it can be. There are several theories on how children learn and develop, each one different and each with their own strengths. I have taken the best of each of these theories and combined their strengths along with my experience in child development to make my own child development theory. In the pages that follow, I’ll describe to you how I use my theory in the classroom to give your child the greatest opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest potential. The foundation of my child development theory is based on the work of developmental psychologist Jean Piaget who, like me, believed in the importance of play in learning. This is why my classroom features activities that help your child grow while having fun. Activities in our classroom are carefully selected to challenge your child across multiple developmental areas. Consider the acronym PILES which stands for Physical, Intellectual, Language, Emotional/Social. These are the developmental areas which encompass your child’s growth. Through play, children grow in all five developmental areas. Each activity chosen for our classroom optimally promotes growth in two or more areas above. By choosing only activities which promote advancement in two or more developmental areas we ensure overlap and repetition of those areas. It has been said that “Repetition is the mother of learning and is an essential key to the physical development of a child’s brain.” (Learning Through the Early Years: The Benefits of Repetition and Variation, Page 1, Paragraph 1) There are several activities that support growth across multiple developmental areas, for example in our class we plan at least two sessions of story time each day and often have more than that. Why story time? Reading books to children is a fun way to promote cognitive, language and even Social and Emotional growth. When I read to children for the first time I engage them socially and with emotion, this promotes interest in the book and me as the reader. Because story time is a group activity it is a social experience and reinforces a sense of belonging in your child because they experience the same thing as their peers at the same time. With repeated readings your child and their peers begin to recognize pictures and words through memorization. You will notice their vocabulary expanding to include those words used in the books we read most often. With still more readings of the same book your child starts to think with the concepts in the story cognitively as is evident if you try to skip a page of a frequently read book. The children will inform you that you skipped a page and what should happen at that point in the story. Finally, your child will exercise their...
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