"We have built a home here at Larks Preschool. Its play-based philosophy stems from our own beliefs about early childhood education and is inspired by Reggio-based principles. The Reggio method supports the belief that play is a child's work. While playing, children learn about themselves and their world. A nurturing, stimulating environment where children feel safe to explore and express themselves aids in their emotional, developmental and intellectual growth. Furthermore, we work with the crucial components of early math competency through puzzles and block play. We understand many of the difficulties associated with letter recognition, phonics and other basic reading skills associated with early childhood development and address these issues. It's so rewarding to see their self-esteem grow as their skills and abilities expand.
As a Reggio-inspired program we also emphasize documentation, communication and “setting the child up for success.” At Larks, the child is viewed as strong and capable and we create an environment that supports this belief by gently leading the child to explore the classroom freely and discover within themselves their own strengths and abilities. Our activities are “open-ended.” This allows for children to join in the projects at different points. Children that participate in Larks on a drop-in basis feel welcome and free to contribute in this creative environment. Open-ended art projects allow room for interpretation and creation at the highest level for all of the children. Teacher-guided, child-led, Larks is a vibrant and lively alternative to traditional childcare programs.
Larks Preschool goes one step more, by celebrating the uniqueness of each child and their individual learning style, we create a community where the sense of respect for each other, and mutual responsibility further supports a sense of connectedness with the world around us. This is the safe, supportive environment where children, families and teachers thrive!
We believe success in school and success in life are interrelated and teaching provides the opportunity to help a child reach their full potential, to the benefit of his/her self and society as a whole.
Excerpted from the preschool's website