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Learning Through Play

During their early years, children learn through play, and interacting with their peers. Children need experience with real objects and events before they are ready to understand the meaning of symbols such as letters and numbers. Learning takes place as young children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people.

Because our program is designed to maximize individual development and promote developmentally appropriate practices, our activities focus on the process of learning. Therefore, the emphasis is on the experiences of the children rather than the results of those experiences. For example, the process of painting is more important than what has been painted; building with blocks is more important than what is built. Each child has his or her own set of possibilities and we help those possibilities unfold. Days are filled with planned and spontaneous moments of learning. There is time for active play, imaginative games, independent discovery and group time experiences both indoors and in our outdoor learning environment.