"Our philosophy of education centers around play. Play is the most complete educational process of the mind. This allows the development of the \"whole\" child – intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically – and facilitates the natural unfolding of each child's potential. In return, the child experiences a growing sense of self-worth and a personal joy in learning.
Young children learn in a different manner than do older children. Young children learn by actual contact with real objects, events, and people. (That's why field trips, outdoor play, and other exciting activities are so important.) Young children learn by involving themselves in exploring, discovering, repeating, and by continually adapting what they see into their daily lives.
Young children are not yet prepared to learn by words alone. They do not learn by explanations or descriptions of things that are far off in time or space. Just because young children can repeat words easily, does not necessarily mean they understand and grasp the meaning behind the words. It is only through varied, first-person real life experience that words are filled with meaning for the young child.
Preschool is a time to begin learning independence, while developing trust and respect for others. An important part of this program is social adjustment, sharing and cooperating with others. Our goal is for them to \"want\" to come to school by stressing that \"learning is fun.\" There are many skill levels and unit topics covered during a school year, and we try to make all of it fun and interesting. Included in these units are numerous projects and many forms of art for enhancement. Most important of all is the child learning to see himself/herself as an individual who is unique with qualities unlike any other.
Excerpted from the preschool's website