From the Director:
Learning Centers: * Provide time for children to explore their feelings and use their imaginations. * Encourage children to investigate their surroundings, solve problems and think independently. * Support each child's freedom to move from center to center and learn at their own pace. * Allow teachers to observe activities, assess children's development and create portfolios. Children are encouraged to: * Explore a variety of materials through play. * Make choices among several options according to their interests. * Socialize with their friends. * Use objects to represent something else (a toy banana becomes a phone) which sets the stage for abstract thinking - the type of thinking that is essential to learning to read and write.