Play provides the foundation for academic learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters and numbers. Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our curriculum. Play is the work of young children.
The most important goal of our approach is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging them to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and think in their own unique ways. Our goal is to help them become independent, self-confident, and inquisitive learners. We are teaching them how to learn, not just in a school environment, but all throughout their lives. We are encouraging them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them. We are helping them to learn healthy habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
Our curriculum identifies in all areas of development:
Social: help children feel comfortable in school, trust new environments, make friends, and feel a part of a community
Emotional: help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have positive attitudes
Cognitive: help children become confident learners by encouraging them to try out ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physical: help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident in what their bodies can do.
The activites we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select play materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give children a solid foundation for future success.