Children learn best through play. The Preschool Education Center is designed to allow children daily involvement in both structured and unstructured play activities.
Children learn best when programming is developmentally appropriate. Because a child's developmental level is not synonymous with his chronological age, programming within each room is flexible enough to accommodate a range of developmental activities.
Children learn best when accommodation is made to their learning style. Because children learn in a variety of ways, concepts are presented in a variety of ways. The program seeks to accommodate to the children rather than asking the children to accommodate to the program.
Children learn best when they feel ownership for their learning experience and environment. The Preschool Education Center provides an environment where children are encouraged to make developmentally appropriate choices involving their learning. By having choices and making decisions, children learn to be in control of their own learning and to be independent thinkers.
Children learn best when the learning environment addresses the development of the whole child. Chronological and developmental age are not always synonymous. Programming in the Preschool Education Center is designed to allow each child to progress at his/her own rate.
Children learn best when the learning environment addresses the development of the whole child. While cognitive learning is an element of the program, the Preschool Education Center is structured to allow the child to grow in all areas--socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, and spiritually.
Children learn best in an environment where they feel secure. Security is best developed in an environment which is safe and predictable, yet flexible. This environment involves knowing: who his/her teachers are; what room he/she goes to when he/she arrives; who will greet him/her when he arrives; what the consequences of his/her appropriate and inappropriate behavior are; and what the boundaries or limits are.
Children learn best in an environment where they are valued as unique and significant individuals created by God in His image. It is not enough for each child to be accepted, he/she must also be valued. At the Preschool Education Center we believe that because each child has value in God's eyes he must have value in our eyes (Psalm 127:3 and Mark 10:13-16).
Children learn best when their families are a part of the learning process. At the Preschool Education Center we seek to develop a partnership between the child's teachers and his/her family by: frequent interactions; phone conversations; open-houses; parent conferences; parent workshops; written reports; center gatherings; and newsletters.