Children are by nature a product of their unique genetics and family culture. Parents have a central role in the formation of conscience, and teachers can make a unique contribution. We honor the child as he/she joins our learning community at whatever age. As a school we have inherent values that we hope to model. We also have a goal to create unique classroom communities that support individual Rotatingchildren joining together to become a respectful and kind group living each day in our environment. We aim to nurture this climate of respect in many ways. During the first five years of life children are developing brain connections that help them interpret social exchanges, experience compassion, and begin to make decisions that take into account and involve others. During these years the limbic system in the brain and the prefrontal cortex begin to connect. Conscience is defined as "knowledge within oneself, a moral sense." Thus to have a mature conscience is to know what is right and wrong in relation to others and one's own actions. Conscience begins with compassion and sympathy followed by the development of empathy. Compassion is seeing discomfort or joy in the face of others and having an inner emotional reaction to that. Sympathy puts compassion into action. After hitting a child for taking your toy, you give the child a hug as a gesture of "I'm sorry." Empathy requires understanding and the ability to perceive what others might be feeling. A child drops his bear in the paint and begins to cry. A friend begins to cry as well because they feel the sadness and can relate to the experience. Although the significance of others and their influences increases around three years of age, a child's early experiences and relationships are an important part of building self-respect. This makes our setting an important piece of the child's moral life and the formation of their conscience. Children apply and test what they know with their classmates. Teachers are a primary teaching tool, we must teach social skills and help children understand the difference between right and wrong. We cannot teach children to feel sorry for what they do to others. The core of conscience development is developing the will or motivation to be kind. Just as we can't teach children to be happy, they are happy when they experience something joyful. We invite children to care by proving that we care about them through our actions.