The S-squared philosophy is our belief that every child needs seed deposits of security, stability and stimulation in order to grow cognitively, emotionally and physically.
When children enter an environment, they pay very close attention to everything they see. They are hesitant at first which is the typical response when one is unfamiliar with their surroundings. Once a child feels comfortable, they will begin to move around the environment without hesitation. This is the sense of security that children need to feel when they go to school. A child cannot learn if he or she does not feel safe.
Children benefit most when they know what to expect throughout the day. Stability is the consistency children can count on everyday. Routines provide children with the stability they need to be successful. Children are more successful when the environment is safe and predictable.
To stimulate is to make active, to energize or to encourage something to happen or develop. As children learn, their brain is being stimulated. The first three years of a child’s life is crucial to their development. The brain is stimulated by the environment and can make connections based on how the brain cells are being stimulated. Even before birth, the brain is active but if you do not continue to stimulate the brain cells after birth, some of those brain cells will not be able to make connections due to lack of stimulation. The brain is stimulated based on what the child is experiencing from day to day.
The Vine Day Care Philosophy
The S² philosophy begins in our Caterpillars Infant Program and continues to cultivate throughout our Toddler and Preschool programs.
In the same way that we experience the world through our five senses, the S² philosophy encompasses five sensory experiences:
- emotional stimulation – providing experiences that make your child feel safe, excited, and happy
- environmental stimulation – providing an environment that has developmentally appropriate activities
- language stimulation – narrating experiences for children that are nonverbal; exposing children to books, and the joy of reading and listening to stories; talking to children regularly about what is going on around them
- physical stimulation – providing small and large motor activities that improve eye-hand coordination and overall brain function
- neurological stimulation – combining these experiences to increase the brain’s ability to make connections between them
The Vine Preschool Daycare Programs