Preschool philosophies and which one is right for you

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Preschool philosophies and which one is right for you

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How do you know what the right school philosophy is for your family? There is three points that I think are very important in explaining it to parents. The first one is, ask yourself what your beliefs about education are. Every quality preschool should be based upon values and beliefs. So if you know what you value and you believe about education, when you go on a tour, you're going to be able to connect with what the school is saying they value and they believe. It's really important that you connect with what they're telling you about their belief in education. The second one is, know your child. You have to know what kind of a child you have. And if you have a boy that needs a lot of sensory outdoor play, he's most likely a kinesthetic learner and he'll need an environment that will support that versus maybe a more academic, traditional environment. And the third one is, what is the community? In preschool, it's so important that you find your community, because it's important for you to be involved in your child's education at that age. So when you know what the community makeup of the school is, you will find that if you connect to the parents, your child will have a better educational process.

Learn about: Preschool philosophies and which one is right for you from Sara Schuelein Perets,...

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Sara Schuelein Perets

Preschool Director

Sara Schuelein Perets is the founder and director of The Sunshine Shack preschool and the co-founder of Super Duper Arts Camp which is a summer camp and after school enrichment program designed for ages four to 14. Sara also teaches seminars and workshops to educators on process based art and exploration and is a parent educator. 

Sara’s original background was in art and classical texts and her first teaching assignment was teaching Shakespeare in Middle Schools. This experience inspired her to further her education in teaching where she found her true calling in early childhood.  She became fascinated by observing how young children could learn and develop from interacting with their environments. She has been working in the early childhood field for 15 years. Sara is passionate about raising awareness of the importance for quality in the early childhood field.

Sara’s approach to working with young children is one of respect and empathy while seeing each child for their individual needs.  Her workshops on child-led, process-based art reflects the child’s ideas and views of their world. Her seminars for parents are focused on the importance of how language can reflect who they are and how they see themselves. She believes our language and communication are powerful tools to help children gain critical thinking skills. 

Sara lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.

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