Our curriculum is deliberately flexible and can be tailored to the needs of each child. The daily schedule is unhurried, non-competitive and loving. The children join in songs and stories during circle time, complete art projects, experience a science or nature project and enjoy free play with sand toys, riding toys and climbing equipment. Individual differences are acknowledged and children are not pushed to conform to developmental timetables. Children are encouraged to express their growing autonomy by selecting from a wide range of appropriate materials and activities. As teachers, parents and children help each other to express their feelings, all grow in their sense of self-respect and self-worth.
Academic concepts for the preschool child (i.e., colors, shapes, letters, numbers, same/opposite and general knowledge of the world) are integrated into various creative activities and also learned through play.
Learning Through Play
Through play, many of the necessary skills for later life are developed. Learning through play comes about when the need for freedom and guidance is recognized.
A play-based curriculum:
- supports the development of the whole child – socially, emotionally,physically, and intellectually.
- allows for the recognition of each child’s unique learning style,abilities, and developmental level.
- allows for hands on learning, where the curriculum can emerge from the children’s interests, needs and desires; making learning concrete and meaningful.
Central to our programs is the belief that:
- children thrive in an atmosphere of trust; where they are provided with support, in a safe and gentle environment.
- a child’s self esteem and ability to learn are interdependent. That is, children succeed when they have a strong sense of self; therefore we believe it is important to foster a sense of competency and independence in all aspects of the child’s being.
When it comes to a child’s learning, the process of what the child does is always more important than the product.