Program Goals

imageThe school’s philosophy is reflected in our program goals.  As responsible early childhood educators we want children to:

  • Experience a positive, first-time experience with their peers and to bond with other adults.
  • Develop a positive self-concept and attitude toward learning, self-control, and a sense of belonging.
  • Sense a partnership between family and school.  The family is considered an integral part of the individual’s total development.
  • Develop curiosity about the world, confidence as a learner, creativity and imagination, and personal initiative.
  • Develop relationships of mutual trust and respect with adults and peers, increase understanding of perspectives of other people, and negotiate and apply rules of group living.
  • Respect social and cultural diversity as well as diversity in abilities.
  • Use language to communicate effectively and to facilitate thinking and learning.
  • Represent ideas and feelings through art, construction, music, dramatic/pretend play, dance and movement.
  • Think critically and solve problems.
  • Become competent in management of their bodies and acquire basic physical skills, both fine and gross motor.
  • Construct knowledge of their world by manipulating objects and developing an understanding of cause and effect relationships.

All children ages 6 weeks to 6 years go through fascinating, swiftly accomplished stages of development.  Pleasure, enjoyment, humor and laughter are a part of our days at Second Presbyterian Weekday School.  Play is the medium used by children to translate experience into something internally meaningful to them.  Play clarifies concepts, provides emotional relief, facilitates social development and is a most significant avenue of learning.

 

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