The young child regards himself or herself as being the "center of the universe." Our curriculum gradually introduces this very yound child to the outside world. It is a year when the child learns to copy. He or she gains independence and begins to accept responsibilities for his or her actions. Learning how to listen, follow instructions, and think for one's self all helps the attention span and self-confidence to grow and mature. Structure is important to the young child, so schedules are consistent. A nurturing, secure environment is maintained at all times. Teachers are patient and gentle with these children and encourage them to use words to express their feelings rather than physical or emotional outbursts.