The children spend much of their time learning about the world through purposeful play, such as painting, dressing up, building with blocks, and other creative endeavors, which provide them with ample opportunities for creative expression.
We also believe that the classroom is a community where learning occurs through positive relationships between children and adults, in order for children to learn the necessary skills for making friends, solving social problems, and sharing. Our teachers know and develop a positive relationship with each child to facilitate his or her growth and development, and strive to create a classroom where they not only meet children’s physical needs, but also their psychological ones. By creating an environment where children feel emotionally secure, our teachers help our students learn to express their feelings in constructive ways.
Although our teachers base classroom instruction on the children’s actions and existing skills, they also provide appropriate materials that engage the children’s abilities in order to create learning experiences to offer challenges just beyond the level of their present mastery. Our curriculum includes the incorporation of “The Letter People,” “Read, Sing and Play,” “Handwriting Without Tears,” and a Phonemic Awareness program at appropriate age levels. These resources, along with the other components of classroom instruction, allow our teachers to encourage children to work independently, to promote children’s problem solving and appropriate risk-taking, and to encourage the children to see tasks through to completion.