From the Director:
The foundation of our preschool curriculum is based on the value of relationship, language, play and investigation. We use the guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as the backbone in our efforts. We see children as active learners who learn best through direct interaction, exploration, investigation and play. The environment is set up to reflect this viewpoint. Children have access to a wide variety of activities - blocks, water table, texture table, dress-up, paint, play dough, writing, stories - and the teachers engage in these activities with the children to listen, observe, ask questions and extend their thinking. Our kindergarten program is an extension of this philosophy. It is, by nature, a more academic approach but concepts are always presented in hands-on, developmentally appropriate contexts. Curriculum is based on the Oregon Department of Education's goals and guidelines. Children have focused math and literacy time and science/health/social studies concepts are integrated. Music is integrated daily, art is both integrated and taught separately and children go to PE once a week. We visit the library weekly as well.