We believe that play, especially with peers, is one of the most important experiences of childhood and that it is through play that children learn and grow.
We support ...
- the whole child
Fostering intellectual, physical, social-emotional growth and language development.
- learning styles
Recognizing that each child has a unique learning style, unique abilities, and a unique developmental growth arc.
- hands-on experiences
Hands-on learning is how children make discoveries for themselves -- when learning emerges from a context that is engaging and relevant it becomes concrete and meaningful.
Children thrive in an atmosphere of trust -- where they are provided with gentle support in an emotionally and physically safe environment.
- positive discipline
Holding in high regard each individual and working with children to resolve conflicts that arise, we cultivate healthy interpersonal connections and model empathy.
- Self esteem
A child’s ability to learn is dependent on having a strong sense of self. We nurture a sense of competence and independence.
Preparing children for school success
- Circle time songs and music encourage group participation, coordination, listening skills, and memorization.
- Rich dramatic play areas provide space for imaginary play fostering a child’s resourcefulness and creativity.
- Art areas provide opportunities for creativity, self expression, and exploration with a variety of materials.
- Craft projects, manipulatives, and play-dough exercise fine muscle and finger control needed for forming letters and numbers.
- Story time develops the skills of concentration and attention, and is an introduction to the wonderful world of literature, language, and the imagination.
- Hands on math and science activities cultivate curiosity and experimentation.
- Open-ended building areas offer children space to make and test hypotheses and stretch the imagination.
- It is through messy play that children learn cause and effect, use their senses, build motor skills, and new vocabulary.
- Outdoor games prompt the practice of following simple directions, as well as providing large muscle exercise.
- Climbing, sliding, balancing, jumping from heights, and hanging upside down challenges children, builds awareness of their own body (balance, strength, coordination) and boosts confidence.
- Special visitors and field trips inspire and connect children to the greater community and world.
- The Pre-K class is gently introduced to the alphabet, handwriting, and phonics.