A. Cognitive and Creative Development
Language and pre-reading readiness are developed and informally encouraged through the use of stories, games, dramatic play and role-playing, singing, finger plays, and puppetry.
Pre-math skills are nurtured through rhythmical activities during circle time, sorting objects into ordered baskets during clean up time, measuring ingredients for food preparation, creative play with sand and water, balancing and building with wood and stone.
Science and nature skills are based on play with natural objects, observation, seasonal activities, gardening, and through measuring and pouring.
Artistic and creative skills are nurtured through watercolor painting, drawing, beeswax modeling, the creative use of colored cloths, and the setting up of environments and building structures with the raw materials available.
Music appreciation and development occurs throughout the day as the teacher sings, hums and plays instruments, and during opportunities to sing together.
B. Physical Development
Circle time develops skills of coordination, rhythm, timing, balance, control, and directionality. This strengthens auditory and memory skills, spatial awareness, coordination, self-expression, perception and balance. Outdoor play develops large motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Fine muscle and eye-hand coordination are developed through participation in activities such as crafts, food preparations, creative play and clean-up.
C. Social Development/Emotional Development
Social skill development will be enhanced and actively fostered by means of organized group activities, socialization during snack, lunch, outdoor playtime and throughout the day. The sharing of toys, taking turns with craft materials, preparing food, completion of craft projects, and dramatic play foster a strong cooperative sense.
D. Nurturing the Inner Life
The view that the child already possesses an individuality that will unfold as they develop engenders in the teacher a reverence for what each child brings and an enthusiasm to understand and provide for the needs of each child. It is through this genuine human connection that we can truly grow together.