"Through my many years of early childhood education and nursery school experience, I have come to believe in a program that allows each child to develop all facets of their person. This includes meeting the cognitive, social, physical and emotional needs of each child. I have developed a well-rounded program that addresses these needs in a variety of situations.
An integral part of my program is play. Piaget and many other child development experts have said that play is a child's work. Research on play has found that it develops emotional, cognitive, creative, language and social skills of children (Play and Early Childhood Development, J. Johnson, J. Christie, T. Yawkey 1987). By setting up an environment with age appropriate material and a variety of open-ended activities, I will provide an arena for this development.
Introduction to literacy is another part of the program. Through storytelling, books, songs, finger plays and drama, the child is introduced to the language of story and the world of literature. Children will be exposed to print in the context of their everyday experiences such as dictating a story, following a recipe or playing office.
Nursery school is often the first opportunity children have to interact with their peers in a group environment. The first seeds of cooperation and understanding lie in the give and take, trial and error ways of working and playing with others. Guidance is given through positive suggestion, example and reasoning.
Developing a healthy self-esteem is also an important part of the nursery school experience. Children gain a sense of self worth and become more self reliant. They get a feeling of security and adequacy through the many experiences of being accepted and valued as individuals.
It is my hope that you and your child will be enriched by your experiences here at Kira's House Nursery School. My staff and I value each child's individuality, striving not to compare, but to appreciate the precious rhythm of each ones growth. We do not attempt to replace the priority of the home and its environment, but rather seek to supplement and enrich your child's experiences during this amazing period in their life.
Excerpted from the preschool's website