Principles and methods

Guiding principles

The ISU Lab School follows the guiding principles established in the Iowa Early Learning Standards:

  • Children construct understanding through active interactions with caregivers, peers, materials, and events.

  • Learning is sequential, building on prior understandings and experiences.

  • Learning proceeds at different rates in each area; children will show a range of skills and understandings in any one area of development.

  • Learning in each area is interconnected. Young children learn best through integrated, meaningful experiences.

  • Learning is embedded in a culture. Children learn best when their learning activities are rooted in a familiar cultural context.

  • Learning begins in the family, continues in early care and education settings, and depends on parent involvement and caregiver guidance.

  • All children have the potential to achieve the Iowa Learning Standards with appropriate supports and instruction.

Teaching methods