Play is the natural medium for young children to learn, grow and develop. Play affords children opportunities to explore, discover, attempt varying roles, relate to others and exercise creativity. (Simlansky, 1990)
It is important that children have the opportunity to explore the world around them in a safe, nurturing environment. Opportunities are provided for just such exploration, through play, as a part of the daily program. Programming includes infants (6 weeks – 12 months), toddlers (12 months – 36 months), preschoolers (3-5 years, mixed age classrooms), pre-kindergarteners (4 – 5 year olds) and school-agers (5 – 12 year olds). The type and level of activities will be developmentally appropriate for the children in each classroom.
All of the classrooms have a Daily Schedule and a Lesson Plan. The schedule and lesson plan are based on the developmental stages of the children in each classroom and include some or all of the following components: large motor activities, both indoor and out; fine motor activities, with manipulatives in the pre-math area and with a variety of table toys, puzzles and art materials; sensory play in water and sand tables; discovery and exploratory activities in the science and social science areas; language development in the book corner and writing area; social skills in the dramatic play, construction and game areas; music and movement activities. The children participate in a variety of small and large group activities designed around a study based integrated curriculum.