January 17, 2018

PHILOSOPHY

 

 

 

 

What is Play-Based Learning?

We aspire to provide a program rooted in best practices, backed by research, and measured by our
achievement of DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) guidelines.

  • Staff and teaching parents organize indoor and outdoor environments to encourage children to learn through play.
  • We meet the age appropriate and individual needs of the whole child by providing a hands-on environment that enhances cognitive, language, physical, and socio-emotional development.
  • Children experience learning as a discovery process not as the completion of a product.
  • Children in our programs experience active transitions, exploration, and routines that reflect the scope of our hands-on, play-based early childhood curriculum.

How are staff and teaching parents ensuring that children are engaged in play-based learning?

  • Asking children open ended questions such as:
    • What do you think? How does that feel, smell, taste? What do you think will happen if…?
  • Encouraging children to focus and discover the process not the end product.
    • Instead of making a model or sample artwork for the children to copy, staff and teaching parents explain the activity to the children and then let them explore with the materials.
  • Engaging with children in meaningful dialogues about the activity or project they are working on. Staff and teaching parents are constantly interacting with the children.
  • Creating a purpose or objective for every activity that is presented to children.
  • Allowing the children to choose the activity or area of study and then follow-up on their
    interests.