As our toddlers make the transition to preschool, they expand their skills and development areas with new focus on developing their language skills, learning to negotiate social relationships, becoming more comfortable and competent with their physical independence and enjoying the love of learning that is prevalent in all our classrooms. In addition, our curriculum encourages literacy and math activities through play-based learning.
Children are assisted in using words to express feelings and resolve conflicts. Physical independence is developed through the use of furniture and equipment sized for young children, including sinks and toilets. Children are encouraged to do all they can for themselves. The resulting sense of competence, independence, and control helps to solidify and strengthen the positive self esteem so essential to all learning.
Preschool-aged children are working hard on communication and beginning to negotiate friendships more independently than before. They need choices for their play that are interesting and challenging. Our preschool curriculum includes circle times for stories, singing, and discussion. The children are provided pre-math and pre-literacy activities as well as lots of role-playing opportunities where they can use their imagination. They have time for free play so they can construct their own activities either as independent activities or with friends. Teachers help the children to communicate their needs and desires, and assist the children as they negotiate sharing and playing together. Independence is encouraged in daily living tasks by giving children the time and space to learn how to use the toilet, put on their own shoes, and feed themselves. Affection, respect, and sensitivity are important as well as responsiveness to each individual personality and temperament.