A Balance of Structure and Free Play
Our developmentally appropriate program is a thoughtful blend of child initiated and teacher-directed activities. In the child initiated part of the day, children choose activities based on their current interests. The play-based classroom is divided into areas such as a home or kitchen, science center, water table, reading nook, and spaces with blocks and manipulatives. Teachers encourage the children to play, fostering the development of valuable social skills like peer interaction and cooperation with others. In the teacher-directed part of the day, the teachers lead the children in a more structured way, planning the activities, then guiding the children through them. The goal is to prepare children for the kindergarten setting. Preschool is a time to develop vital social and emotional skills so children are ready to learn academic skills later on.