From the Director:
For preschool children, daily activities are planned around units of study that are interesting and meaningful to young children. A balanced schedule provides experiences in group and individual settings. Stories, music, language experiences and discussion of unit studies take place in groups. Individually, children choose learning center activities in which they can work and play alone, in pairs, or in small groups. Classrooms are arranged in interest areas which include areas for books, blocks, art, puzzles and manipulatives, science, and dramatic play. Children have the opportunity to work and play in these centers by choice. The centers contain educational toys, materials, and games. They are used individually, with a friend or in small groups. The centers provide practice in making decisions, following directions, working independently, and learning the care and use of materials. Daily group times provide the opportunity for children to learn in a large group setting. Group lessons include stories, music, gross motor activities, language experiences and discussion of the current unit of study. Additional activities include cooking, growing plants, nature walks, field trips, and having visitors come to the center to share information about the unit studies.