JUST FOR ME PHILOSOPHY
Just For Me’s principal goals are to promote the learning and development of young children through active play in a High/Scope program and to support and train educators and parents as they help children learn and grow.
The educational approach of High/Scope is a set of guiding principles and practices used by adults as they work with and care for children. These principles are intended as an “open framework” that teams of adults are free to adapt to the special needs and conditions of their group, their setting, and their community.
“Active learning”- the belief that children learn best through active experiences with people, materials, events, and ideas, rather than through direct teaching or sequenced exercises- is a central tenet of the High/Scope approach for all age levels.
JFM staff supports active play by encouraging children to pursue their own personal interest and to make choices about materials and activities throughout the day. As they pursue their choices and plans, children explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems, and interact with classmates and adults.
JFM teachers are trained to participate as partners in children’s activities rather than relate to children primarily as managers or supervisors. JFM and High/Scope trainings emphasizes positive interaction strategies, for example; sharing control with children, focusing on children’s strengths, forming authentic relationships with children, supporting children’s play ideas, and adopting a problem-solving approach to social conflict.
Parents of JFM are encouraged to support their children and participate in JFM’s program by; volunteering time in the class, sharing information with the teacher, reading monthly newsletters and activity calendars, attending family functions, welcoming new families and taking the time to get to know other parents and their children, etc.