At the Piedmont Progressive Preschool we believe that children are innately curious and are capable of making meaningful discoveries when they are given opportunities to explore, play and experience. The classroom is carefully prepared so that it invites children into active play and hands-on learning through a variety of sensory experiences. We use natural materials (wood, fabrics) in the classroom, that are gratifying to a child's sight and touch. Through keen observation of the child's needs, interests, and readiness, materials will be introduced sequentially throughout the year, gradually adding in more complicated materials as the children master simpler ones. For instance, we will start with very basic unit blocks, giving the children the opportunity to think creatively as they devise ways to manipulate the blocks to suit their purposes. Later, they will have a chance to play with more advanced blocks to enable them to build even more complex creations! Sequential planning helps children to build on their previous experiences and has been found to be a very effective learning tool.
At PPP, communicating with children is very important. Teachers will listen attentively and think before they speak. Your child will receive specifically directed encouragement rather than blanket praise -- this feels more genuine to the child and truly fosters self-motivation and positive self-regard. Teachers will acknowledge feelings of frustration or disappointment and act as facilitators while children work through their emotions to solve problems.
We are also committed to diversity and believe that children learn about the "real world" when they are with a variety of individuals from all cultures and races. This creates an enriching environment where children can develop their budding social skills.
Excerpted from the preschool's website