"1. Social and Emotional: taking turns, sharing, interacting with peers on an individual basis and within a group, developing a positive self-image.
2. Thinking: forming concepts, developing skills which are the foundation for reading, writing and mathematics.
3. Physical: developing appropriate small muscle coordination necessary for learning the mechanics of writing, developing large muscle coordination.
4. Language Development: encouraging rich use of language through reading aloud, singing, rhymes, informal talking - all important prerequisites to the reading process.
We believe learning is an active process.
Learning is not a passive process whereby the child merely absorbs information; he or she needs to be actively engaged. Children truly learn and comprehend when their experiences are concrete and when they deal with the real world and real objects. Because play is the child's way of learning we make no distinction between work and play.
We provide a loving and secure environment.
Children need to feel secure and happy in order to learn. We do everything possible to ensure that they have a safe, supportive, non-threatening environment. We encourage all our children to settle their differences in a peaceful manner.
Each child is treated as an individual.
No two children think, feel, or learn alike. We offer activities that take into account the differences in each child's development level, interest, and attention span. These include a balance of small group, large group, and individual activities.
The role of the teacher is active but non-interfering. She mediates the children's experiences, challenges them, offers suggestions, comforts, and sets limits. Our emphasis is upon facilitating learning rather than "teaching" because a very important goal of early childhood development is that children learn how to learn.
Excerpted from the preschool's website