From the Director:
Free play time is predominant at Laurel Hill. In a mixed age group, children choose from an abundance of preschool materials, indoors and out. Choices include art, sensory play, gross motor activities, dramatic play and manipulative's. There is an emphasis on social interactions and learning social skills. Adult-directed activities such as cooking, science, music and movement are presented as choices during the free choice period. Our pre-k has more adult-directed activities appropriate for young five year olds, still within the overall philosophy of free choice. Structured time for preschool is during snack and a meeting time for each classroom at the end of the session. During these times, children sit down with their group while an adult reads a story or conducts a song, and activity or a discussion. Structured time in the pre-k also includes individual sharing, projects and more challenging games.