Early Childhood Philosophy

The philosophy of the Early Childhood program involves the education of the “whole” child. The emphasis is on constructive play as an effective learning tool. Studies indicate that play is considered the work of the child and it is through play that children’s learning and self-esteem are enhanced. Activities and experiences focus on each child’s growth and development socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively.  Rooms are arranged in a variety of “interest centers” such as dramatic play/housekeeping, sand/water, blocks, writing, listening, manipulatives, science, art, books, and special activities.  These are the means through which children’s abilities are expanded and challenged.  For a portion of each class session children select their own activities from among these “centers”.  Also, during each class session children are involved in group activities such as circle time, story time, songs, snack, and outdoor play.  This variety gives the children experience and practice working independently, as part of a group with their peers, and with supportive adults in an environment that fosters a positive attitude toward learning.