Our program focuses on the development of each individual child physically, socially, creatively and intellectually.

Intellectual Development

Our program develops intellectual knowledge through toys, puzzles, sand, water, measuring cups and containers, magnets, items from nature, and other things the child can touch, feel, see, taste or hear. The child learns through play, to discriminate properties of the items he experiences firsthand. Logical mathematical knowledge takes place when the child creates and invents relationships between objects and symbols. Opportunities and materials for classification, grouping, seriation and ordering are provided daily. Nesting cups, counting rods, color tablets, stair and tower blocks are available for the child to explore, think about, and question.  Staff allows children to interact with the environment and act as a resource for information rather than one who gives answers or commands.

Creative Development

Our program enhances creativity through a wide variety of activities and experiences. Art experiences are key times for children to process creatively. Free, unstructured and open-ended art is available to the children at all times for self-selection. Markers, crayons, pencils, scissors, tape, glue and paper of various colors, textures and weights, play dough and interesting tools, watercolors and paint, are always available (as age appropriate) and at the child’s level. In addition, the staff plans exciting experiences with new and creative art media throughout the week. The children produce artwork that is personally meaningful, without critical judgment from adults or peers, and free of teacher imposed ideas or models.

Social Development

The child’s play is a critical part of his total development. Ample experiences for social and dramatic play are provided. Blocks, books, sensory play, manipulatives, outdoor play, dress up and role-play opportunities are incorporated into the environment. The program fosters self-concept by providing many self-help activities, by displaying the child’s personal artwork, stories and family photographs, by representing the child’s culture, ethnicity and language in the environment and activities, and by creating an individually appropriate and success oriented classroom. Social/emotional development is further enhanced when children can choose from a variety of peer play scenarios. We respect the child’s need for solitary play, and support and guide cooperative play groups. The children are afforded time and patience to acquire pro-social skills; learning to share, taking turns and respecting the rights and properties of others.

Physical Development

The program will include many daily opportunities for gross motor development: climbing, sliding, swinging, playing with balls and hoops, running, jumping and tricycling, as well as activities that include elements of balance, agility, coordination, strength, and endurance. Fine-motor development is enhanced through: use of manipulative materials; blocks, Legos, puzzles, star builders, bristle blocks, peg grading boards; use of art media, utensils, and sand and water play. Perceptual-motor development activities include: music and movement; dancing; spatial activities; eye-hand coordination activities such as lacing, stringing and sewing; responding such as discriminating faces, emotions, sizes, shapes and colors.