"At Hinshaw, we provide a fun, relaxed approach to learning, where children are free to explore, create, and PLAY. Play is the work of young children, it's how they learn. Our classroom will be set up with a rotating center format. Center time encourages responsible choices and introduces preschoolers to the concept of sharing and caring through respectful play.
We believe that social development is the most important thing to emphasize in preschool. Learning how to play together and get along with each other is vital to later school success. We will also focus heavily on literacy, encouraging a love of books, written language, and using one's imagination. We will provide a print-rich classroom, where children are exposed to letters, numbers and words in every aspect of the day. Your children will not be asked to sit at tables and do worksheets, copy teacher made art projects or be drilled with flash cards. We offer an environment where children can explore their own interests and creativity, creating a love of learning.
We will incorporate the Christian faith in many aspects of our day, including bible stories, prayer and celebrations of Christian holidays.
Our emerging curriculum brings together aspects of many early childhood philosophies. We are well read in several areas, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Multiple Intelligences, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Our activities and plans are not "theme" based, rather we use observations of the children and their interests to put together lesson plans that emphasize child centered, hands on learning experiences. We will study and work with each child, recognizing what their interests are and where they are developmentally, in order to help them take their learning to the next level.
You have taken an important step in the development of your child. You have enrolled him or her in a quality preschool program. Hinshaw Preschool is committed to providing children with the social and thinking skills needed for kindergarten. We believe a positive preschool experience will make the transition into kindergarten a successful one. The most important thing to understand about early childhood education is that it should be a JOURNEY, not a race!"
Excerpted from the preschool's website