"Child development theory and research demonstrates that it is important to design a curriculum that meets the needs of the "whole child." Children need activities that will aid the growth of their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive self, both specifically and interactively.
Gross and fine motor control is important in early childhood education. Large muscle development precedes and aids the small muscle development that is so important for the writing and the artistic elements of the primary school curriculum.
Emotionally, children need to develop a good self-concept (accurate perception of oneself) and positive self-esteem (value of oneself) in order to form favorable personality characteristics and positive mental health.
Socially, children need experiences that will aid the development of empathy and cooperation. Children learn at an optimum level when they are healthy and feel in control of their bodies, emotions, and social interactions.
We propose that the academic aspect of the curriculum go beyond basic kindergarten readiness to include the cognitive areas of problem solving, conceptual development, and creativity. The Madison Pre-Kindergarten program strives to help young children learn how to learn and how to work well with peers and adults.
Excerpted from the preschool's website