in a pyramid form. Each level must be met in order to achieve one's full potential. According to Early Childhood Education Today "Maslow identified self-Actualization or self-fulfillment as the highest human need. However, Maslow said that children and adults don't achieve self-actualization until other basic . For example, recent studies on the brain prove that a child who is hungry or stressed cannot learn. The studies go on to show that a child who feels threatened in anyway produces chemicals that actually stop the learning process. Conditions for learning must be put in place in order for a child to properly develop in a learning environment. When basic needs are not met, the brain goes into survival mode thus reducing the brain's capacity to understand and learn. (The Library Lady) Furthermore, the brain studies prove that in order to achieve the highest level of potential that first these basic needs must be met. We also see in the central them of the book "Nutrition and the Brain", that poor nutrition manipulates emotional and mental behavior in children. Studies have shown time and time again that these basic needs Maslow suggests are necessary to reach ones full potential and are incredibly important. Each one works together to establish a great framework to implement in the classroom.In correlation with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, I feel that respectful, caring bonds with my students and families are a vital foundation for a wonderful year. Early childhood is an exciting time in a child's life. A young child's home is increasing outside home to take in new experiences. I believe this new exciting entry into a child's formal education is a beginning of a magical journey. The heart of my educational philosophy is not only to love my students but to teach them a love for learning.