The value of rituals in creating a caring classroom: In our CD 130 Zoom sessions on 9-8-20 and 9-15-20, we talked about the values of rituals, routines, and philosophies in a caring and nurturing preschool classroom. We took a look at some of the supportive materials from Chapter 2. This video on the importance of loving rituals in life was created by Conscious Discipline, an organization that looks at problem solving and creating connections in educational settings. The video shows how important those connections are throughout life. Your early childhood education philosophy: If you read through the Course Objectives in the syllabus for this class, you will see the importance of relationships and connections woven throughout the course in different forms and topics. When I was teaching toddlers and preschoolers, i always considered that one of my highest priorities for my classes. It’s a key component of my teaching philosophy at all ages. In this class, you are continuing to develop your philosophy of early childhood education. Part of that philosophy might be how you incorporate rituals and engage the children in developing rituals, routines, and schedules for the classroom. In our Zoom class, I shared some ideas, six possible topics, from the Resilient Teacher website. I think the list is a good jumping off point for those of you who haven’t worked of your educational philosophy yet. Ideas for what to include in a philosophy statement You don’t have to use any of these topics if you’d like to take another approach in your philosophy; there are many ways to write a good philosophical statement.