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What is DAP?
DAP stands for
Developmentally Appropriate Practice. What this means is children
need to learn in a way that is meaningful to them. For instance, a
preschool child may learn about apples by looking at a picture of an
apple, but they will learn more about an apple if you give them an
apple. This is the principal behind DAP. Used properly, DAP
helps to ensure children develop the skills they need to be successful
in their journey through life.
Preschool learning is
about discovering through science and math. It's about developing
language skills, social skills, self-help skills, fine and gross motor
skills, and most importantly it's about developing a good self-esteem.
All this can be learned through play, providing it's meaningful.
It is not our job to teach the children the skills they need, but rather
to guide them in the direction they need to go to learn these skills for
Most activities should be
open-ended to allow the children the opportunity for self-discovery as
well as self-accomplishment.
If a program is done
correctly, children will also learn fundamental basics (A,B,C's, etc.).
The difference between DAP teaching and traditional teaching is they
will learn them in a more meaningful way.