Our philosophy is to develop and nurture a positive self-image in every child. This is created through individual instruction and a developmental approach to learning. Our primary goal is to ensure that each child realizes his or her full potential and develops an ongoing love for learning and education. The preschool years are a special time in the life of young children. During this critical period, they begin to:
• Trust others outside of the family
• Gain independence and self–control
• Learn to take initiative and assert themselves
• Become keen observers of their world
• Experiment with their surroundings
• Become social with their peers
Physical development includes children’s gross and fine-motor skills. As children learn what their bodies can do, they gain self-confidence. Physical exercise reinforces children’s academic achievement, general health, self-esteem, stress management and social development. We know from brain research that moving the body literally wakes up the brain!
Our weekly physical education teaches children how to tumble, roll, jump, throw and catch a ball, ride a tricycle, balance and stretch. The goal of this program is to increase your child’s attention span, body awareness, confidence, coordination and self-esteem.
Social and Emotional Development
Socialization is the process by which children learn the values and behaviors accepted by society. The development of trust, impulse control, self-awareness, cooperation, tolerance and negotiation skills are all emphasized. Social and emotional development involves the ability to:
- Identify and understand one’s own feelings
- Accurately read and comprehend emotional states in others
- Manage strong emotions and their expression in a constructive manner
- Regulate one’s own behavior
- Develop empathy for others
- Establish relationships
Intellectual & Cognitive Development
Cognitive development refers to the mind and how it works. It involves how children think, how they see their world and how they use what they learn. Students are encouraged to use their imagination and to be creative in their thinking.
Language development includes understanding and communicating through words, both spoken and written. Children are born with the capacity to communicate with others verbally and non-verbally. By the time they reach preschool, their ability to communicate thoughts and feelings through spoken language takes on new importance.
Language becomes the principal tool for establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and other children. With frequent language experiences between the ages of 2½ and 5, a child’s vocabulary can grow dramatically.
The richer a child’s vocabulary, the more likely he or she will become a good reader. Language and literacy are symbiotic. Listening, speaking, reading and writing develop interdependently in children.