Crafting a safe and fun environment that best prepares children for academic and later life successes is our goal and mission at Busy Bee’s Early Learning Center of Baltimore, MD.
We believe in the holistic development of a child. Our curriculum is designed to focus on the creative, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social growth of each individual. The purpose of our approach is to foster competency in the young child. While the emphasis is on children, family involvement is encouraged and supported. Our program welcomes children of all abilities, reflecting the interests of the children, their primary language, and cultural background.
We have several goals for children:
- To Be Competent and Confident in Their Abilities
- To Be Self-Directed in a Constructive, Creative Manner
- To Be Successful in Future Educational Experiences
- To Develop a Love for Learning and The Ability to Know How to Learn
- To Develop Self-Control and a Sense of Right and Wrong
- To Feel Good About Who They Are
- To Learn Cooperation with Other Children as Well as Adults
- To Reach Their Full Potential in Emotional, Intellectual, Physical and Social Development
Principles of Child Development and Learning
- Domains of children’s development – creative, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social are closely related. Development in one domain influences and is influenced by development in other domains.
- Development occurs in a relatively orderly sequence, with later abilities, skills, and knowledge building on those already acquired.
- Development proceeds at varying rates from child to child as well as unevenly within different areas of each child’s functioning.
- Early experiences have both cumulative and delayed effects on each child’s development; optimal periods exist for certain types of development and learning.
- Development proceeds in predictable directions toward greater complexity, organization and internalization.
- Development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple cultural and social contexts.
- Children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and social experiences as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to construct their own understandings of the world around them.
- Play is an important vehicle for children as well as a reflection of children’s development.
- Development advances when children have opportunities to practice newly acquired skills.
- Children demonstrate different modes of knowing and learning and different ways of representing what they know.
- Children develop and learn best in the context of a community where they are safe and valued, and their physical needs are met.
- Parents are a child’s first teacher and an important influence in their life.