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Carelot Children's Ctr

315 Flanders Rd
East Lyme, CT 06333-1711

(860) 691-1527


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Planned within the framework of philosophy and purpose, Carelot's theme based curriculum is planned cooperatively with the Directors, Asst. Director, Head Teachers, Teachers, and Assistants. Each day is filled with a balance of structured and free play, group and individual activities, outdoor time and rest time. Weekly themes are used to integrate concepts and skills being taught. Activities focus on an experiential, hands-on approach to learning. A detailed outline of the program in which your child will be enrolled is available from the office.
Carelot's curriculum includes, sharing and conversation time, stories, songs & finger plays, music & movement, creative art, sensory, games and large muscle activities, science and nature explorations, community and cultural awareness, self help skills, field trips and much more!
It is our Philosophy that learning through play is a key part of the early childhood learning experience. Learning through play is the active involvement with adults, children and materials. Through quality play activities, the children gather valuable information as they develop important skills for future academic success! It is important for children to have experiences with real objects before they understand meaning of such symbols as letters & numbers. It is for this reason that our hands on approach to learning is important for the children to experiment, touch, manipulate and interact with their environment.
Our program is designed to maximize the developmentally appropriate practice for each child. Our curriculum focuses on the process of learning. For example, painting is more important than what is painted & building with blocks is more important than what is built.

Excerpted from the preschool's website