Creating an Atmosphere of Calm
In the 21st century we can say with some certainty that stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. Our brain is built to react only to very short bursts of stress and research indicates that long term stress actually damages cognition, memory and even the immune system. The pedagogic teams in Helen Doron Kindergartens take this research seriously, believing that creating a stress-free learning environment is essential to the children’s’ future prospects. There are quite a few indicators that you can find within our philosophy and methodology that support this notion.
The Ideal Setting
- The kindergarten’s daily and weekly schedule reduces uncertainty
- The teachers and staff are responsive and calm
- The learning environment has a positive, pleasant atmosphere
- Free play time is part of the daily routine, expanding the children’s creativity, sense of freedom and joy
- Positive reinforcement, constantly reminding the children that they are loved and worthy
The Importance of a Stress-Free Learning Environment
Findings from brain research indicate how nurturing is crucial to the learning process, and the value of appropriate learning environments. Many of the environmental factors conducive to improved brain functioning are everyday matters – the quality of social environment and interactions, nutrition, physical exercise, and sleep – which may seem too obvious and so easily overlooked in their impact on education. By conditioning our minds and bodies correctly, it is possible to take advantage of the brain‟s potential for plasticity and to facilitate the learning process.
(from the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Understanding the Brain)
Helen Doron Kindergarten offers a joyful educational experience in which children are encouraged to explore their full range of abilities and potential.