Driven by the philosophy that every child is a unique individual, Sharifah aims to develop each child’s respective strengths, interests, and knowledge.
“The beginning of a child’s preschool journey is an important experience for the little one. Thus, I ensure that the young children under my care are able to smoothly transition from home to school by partnering with their families, including getting to know the children’s needs, preferences and habits.”
Sharifah also respects children and places their needs first. For example, she greets every child by his or her name during arrival, and encourages children to acknowledge their names by building a routine of clapping hands once they hear their names. She also speaks to children at their level and encourages their attempts through positive affirmations.
She believes that routines make the best opportunities for meaningful interactions between an educarer and a child. Thus, when she changes the diaper of a child, she would sing the child’s favorite song, and seek permission from the child before removing his or her diaper. To help children feel safe and secure at school, Sharifah also created a ‘Quiet Corner’ in her class filled with soft cushions, books and feelings charts.
“I place emphasis on providing young children with choices, responsibilities, and opportunities to initiate their own learning in small groups. With meaningful observations and assessments, I gain insights into the developmental and skill levels of each individual child. I would also take time to understand each child’s needs, body language and facial expression, in order to be able to respond better to each individual child through our daily interactions,” said Sharifah.