Wee are Wise daycare is inspired by Magda Gerbers RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) approach. Magda Gerber coined "Educaring" to emphasize that we should educate while we care and care while we educate." Demonstrating respect every time we interact with infants is the basis of the RIE philosophy.
EXAMPLES OF "EDUCATE WHILE WE CARE AND CARE WHILE WE EDUCATE":
Respect for a child's valid human emotions: "You're okay," is repeatedly told to a child who hurts himself and does not feel ok. I would rather give the child permission to feel the way she feels and then wait it out. Again the magic "waiting" works, because emotions have their beginning and their end-even tantrums have a beginning and an end. Sadness, discomfort, frustration-they are all valid human emotions. Why would we want to suppress them?"
– Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect
Respect for their need to feel understood: “Being understood creates security, trust and confidence. Being misunderstood creates doubt both in oneself and in one’s own perceptions. So how can we try to understand rather than misunderstand? What should we do? The answer is, observe more, do less.” – Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect
Respect for a child's age appropriate communication: "Crying is a baby’s language-it is a way to express pain, anger, and sadness. Acknowledge the emotions [the] baby is expressing. Let him know he has communicated. Do not just try to stop the crying. Respect the child’s right to express his feelings, or moods. "–Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect
Respect for a child's individual Growth: "If infants are ready to do something , they will do it. In fact , when they are ready, they have to do it." –Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect
Respect for the importance of what a child is learning: "With babies, as well as adults, one should consider whether an interruption is necessary, and if so, one should wait until an appropriate opening can be found. In this way we demonstrate our respect for the importance of what [the] infant is doing and learning.” –Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect
"The less we interrupt, the more easily infants develop a long attention span." –Magda Gerber, Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect