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Somerset Academy

3333 Coolidge Highway
Troy, MI 48084

(248) 643-8404


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Preschool and Prekindergarten programs at Somerset Academy for Young Children have a strong child development emphasis based on the theory of Dr. Jean Piaget, a specialist in the cognitive development of young children.

To apply the Piagetian model, the preschool and prekindergarten classrooms are divided into learning centers which emphasize building skills and development in language, math, music, art, computer, gross motor, socialization, sensory development and dramatic play.

The teachers guide and encourage children to explore and learn in each of these learning centers while implementing the curriculum through meaningful play. As teachers facilitate and participate in children’s play, (both modeling when appropriate and refraining from interfering when appropriate), children achieve specific learning outcomes and develop their sense of curiosity and discovery.

Child development research informs us that children construct knowledge through hands-on experience. Our program provides materials and equipment appropriate to the children’s developmental levels. Our daily schedule provides time for learning in many areas of cognitive and social development and includes an outdoor program which we consider an extension of the classroom. (We participate in outdoor play unless the actual temperature with wind chill is at or below 20° F.)

Excerpted from the preschool's website