Creating a World of Play: What Children Are Learning

    The purpose of the preschool program is to provide opportunities for each child to grow emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially.  Each day, children will engage in a variety of learning activities.  Our intentionally organized learning experiences are planned to build self-esteem, challenge children's thinking and reasoning skills, encourage healthy relationships with peers and staff, and explore various curriculum topics.  Children will spend time in self-directed learning centers that include blocks, dramatic play, math and manipulatives, art, discovery, computers, sand and water table (sensory), and literacy centers.  The following list highlights what children will be learning at each interest area.

    • Spatial Relationships
    • Shape, Color, and Size Discrimination
    • Cooperation
    • Balance and Hand-Eye Coordination
    • Organization and Sequential Skills
    • Problem Solving, Design, and Construction Skills
    • Quantity and Number Concepts


    Dramatic Play

    • Conflict Resolution (Bringing the Adult World down to Size)
    • Verbal Skills and Language Development
    • Cooperation
    • Individual Expression and Creativity
    • Making Choices and Plans
    • Understanding and Expressing Feelings

    Games, Puzzles, and Table Toys

    • Perseverance and Self-Control
    • Math Skills:  Sequencing, Classifying, Estimating, Counting, Comparing,      Sorting, Patterns and Shapes
    • Visual Discrimination Skills
    • Hand-Eye Coordination
    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Tactile Discrimination
    • Distance and Directionality


    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Creative Representation
    • Color, Shape, and Size Relationships
    • Individual Expression
    • Understanding Symbols
    • Bringing Ideas to Life
    • Eye Hand Coordination
    • Language Development


    • Observation and Discovery
    • Learning and Testing New  Concepts
    • Drawing Conclusions and Making Predictions
    • Understanding Change in the Natural World
    • Cause and Effect
    • Identifying Living and Nonliving Things


    • Logic and Reasoning
    • Early Reading/Writing Skills
    • Hand-Eye Coordination
    • Experimenting with Technology
    • Cause and Effect
    • Classification and Mathematical Reasoning

    Sand and Water Table

    • Sensory Exploration and Discovery
    • Measurement
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Cause and Effect
    • Properties of Matter
    • Conservation of Matter
    Library and Listening Center
    • Language Development
    • Comprehension
    • Sequencing and Story Telling
    • Pre-Reading Skills
    • Concepts About Print
    • Reading for Enjoyment

       "Communication is at the heart of child development, be it cognitive, 
         social, emotional, or behavioral."   - Vygotsky     


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