One thing we strive for when we work with children is consistency. Children learn best when there is a routine, clear rules are fairly enforced, and steady guidance in navigating the world is provided. Once we lay the foundation of trust and security, we work to stretch and grow our students. We do so with intentionality and purpose, keeping in mind what is developmentally appropriate. Much is written about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). A recent series is worth reading if you're concerned about when and how we teach our children. Understanding how our teachers plan enables families to partner with us at the Gan and we encourage you to get to know the practices that are the basis of our educational philosophy. If you wish to discuss DAP or ZPD more after reading these articles, please let me know.