Our Preschool follows a play-based/constructivist approach. The constructivist approach views children as active participants in their own learning. Education is then much more than rote memorization; instead, it is integrating and assimilating knowledge to be further used and explored. Constructivist strategies seek to ignite a child’s curiosity and love of learning. The emphasis is on the “whole child.”
In a constructivist classroom, children investigate their surroundings and learning topics. They act as young scientists discovering the world around them. Because the teacher opens the classroom to imaginative learning, children become important agents in their own education. Children are doing their own learning rather than receiving learning given to them. They actively participate in projects and activities, choosing the depth of learning in any given topic. Children assimilate what they have learned into what they already know, creating new knowledge.
Learning activities are designed to match the developmental stages of each child. Our curriculum and instruction are both experiential and intentional. Daily activity schedules include options for quiet and active play, as well as large and small muscle activities. A variety of small and large group activities are offered, along with a balance of child-staff initiated activities. Our outdoor environment includes a unique play structure, sand and water play areas, a bike path, an outdoor courtyard for each classroom, and a preschool garden.
- Art expression
- Dramatic play
- Literacy and language development
- Science exploration
- Block building
- Math activities
- Puzzles and manipulatives
- Multiple sensory experiences
- An outdoor classroom environment
The Outdoor Classroom
The Outdoor Classroom is an extension of our indoor environment where children are given the same opportunities for exploration and hands on experiences as they are in the classroom, but in an open outdoor space where they can experience the beauty, wonder and mystery of the natural world.
Children who actively learn in outdoor spaces are proven to have greater self-esteem, cooperation, conflict resolution and leadership skills, relationships with peers, problem solving skills, motivation to learn, better behavior, and lead healthier lifestyles.
Each week, the children are offered specialties by professional staff in:
- Physical education
Professional entertainment is also brought in to enhance our already rich curriculum.
All experiences are provided to encourage growth in the following areas:
- Fine and Gross Motor Coordination
- Sensory Integration
- Cognitive and Adaptive Skills
- Social and Emotional Development
- Language Development
- Moral and Growth Development