Susan Murphy, Director
School Philosophy and Format
The purpose of the Preschool is to offer a program based on sound child-development theory. Through both child-initiated and teacher-directed activities in a nurturing environment, we provide the firm foundations for academic learning. This environment allows students the opportunity to develop personal identity, positive self-concepts, confidence, independence, problem solving skills, creative thinking, and social interaction skills. Through play and by experiencing the use of various materials, children move at their own rate toward a readiness for literacy with eagerness to learn and the independence and self-confidence to do so.
The School Environment
The day that children come to school is a very important step in their young lives. We want the change from home to school to be a happy one; children need to feel safe and secure in their new environment.
The beginning experiences for a child are the base on which later development hinges. In the preschool, a world planned for successful endeavor, the children may search out their own modes of expression. The Preschool is a large enough space for each child to find his/her own fulfillment. No one needs to be coerced into the pattern of another. Each child finds in the Preschool the following:
Mature expression of child love and unconditional self-acceptance
A climate which promotes psychological and physical security, with little personal threat
A group with which he/she can develop a sense of identification
An atmosphere of approval for his/her efforts, with personal recognition
Numerous opportunities to feel important and significant
A chance to function independently, assume responsibility, make choices, and participate in making decisions
A community that values the child as a child and provides real time and space for the essential work of early childhood, which is play.
Our Preschool facilities exist for the purpose of providing a rich living-learning environment with a balanced, yet flexible and spontaneous program.
The program includes both self-selected, self-directed activities, such as block building, book browsing, and different "centers;" and teacher-directed or group experiences like music and movement, games, and other relevant short lessons.