JFM Philosophy

Just For Me is a played base learning environment that supports a High/Scope educational program. The High/Scope curriculum provides our program with guiding principles and practices that are used by teachers as they work with and care for children. These principles are intended as an “open framework” that teachers are free to adapt to the special needs and conditions of their group, their setting, and their community. 

JFM believes that children learn best through active experiences with people, materials, events, and ideas or “Active learning”. Active learning is a central tenet of the High/Scope approach for all age levels. This, along with teacher directed learning moments, provides a well-rounded educational program for all ages in our program.

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, getting to know other parents and their children, etc.