When teaching preschool age children, it is necessary to focus on the whole child; his/her social and emotional self as well as a thinking and physical being, as all aspects develop together. Children must feel safe and comfortable in their environment in order for learning to occur.
Children learn by exploring developmentally appropriate items and experiences. They are motivated by their own curiosity stemming from an environment full of learning opportunities. Through hands-on exploration in such an environment guided by intentional and skillful teacher interactions, children create their own knowledge by questioning and challenging themselves to find the answers. Initiative, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking skills are encouraged through this process.