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.