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How to Build Autonomy in Early Childhood Classrooms

Establishing predictable routines and clear roles in preschool helps even the youngest students grow in their ability to make decisions, take on responsibilities, and accomplish tasks independently.

October 25, 2023

It may seem like preschool students need a lot of help to get through the day. But when preschoolers are empowered to navigate their options and take responsibility for their actions, they become more independent. At the Serra Preschool in San Francisco, California, teachers set students up for success by giving their young learners the space and tools to make choices on their own throughout the day. With consistent daily routines, helpful classroom jobs, and a mistake-friendly play-based environment, the littlest learners build self confidence—and develop a foundation for future leadership skills and academic success.

The Serra Preschool

Private, Urban
Grades Pre-K
San Francisco, CA

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  • Classroom Management
  • Pre-K

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