As an early childhood educator, I firmly believe that children enter the classroom with a wealth of knowledge that is all their own. By working alongside their support group at home, we explore these prior learning experiences and build upon their interests to create a curriculum tailored specifically for each child. There is also an emphasis placed on "play", as it is through the art of hands on activities, as well as social interaction, which enables the child to gain the necessary skills to be a lifelong learner. Furthermore, objective observations by the teacher are valuable to appreciating the "whole child" rather than allowing them to become lost in the shuffle. I think developing a paradigm where observations remain a valued form of student measurement is essential. Observing, facilitating and researching are key teaching tools. Along with various forms of media and materials, teachers can pinpoint the strengths and shortcomings of the individual and create a plan to nurture the whole child.