Our Mission Statement
Little People’s Preschool’s philosophy is threefold:
To provide an environment that enables children to grow in a developmentally appropriate way and to provide a safe and positive atmosphere in which this can happen.
To assist parents in the struggles of child rearing.
To operate within an educational program which encourages success in later years.
Our View of Early Childhood Learning
Intellectual development in young children takes place primarily through play experiences rather than as a result of a traditional “sit down and be quiet” approach. Some of the more traditional concepts such as colors, shapes, size distinction, time, number and letter recognition, calendar, and name recognition taught through a type of play in which children can use their muscles and senses as well as their experiences to experiment with materials. Each child is treated as an individual. Therefore they will learn according to their age, interest and stimulated environment.
The Social and emotional development of a child is critical. A child who is able to socialize with their peers can generally function positively in their environment. It is essential for children to have many and varied social experiences prior to entering elementary school. Many children who lack this opportunity begin school with a distinct disadvantage, a disadvantage that may stay with that particular child for years. Our program stresses the importance of positive peer interaction and resolution of conflicts with other children. Beginning with the very young children we incorporate language into everything we do with the children. Using positive reinforcement and redirection, we teach children positive ways to express themselves, to ask for objects instead of taking away, to take turns, to use words instead of using physical force when resolving conflicts. Also, through play, each child is exercising curiosity about the world. Positive social interaction aids in satisfying that curiosity while helping build healthy attitudes and communication skills that will be so vital in later development.
Emotional development helps children cope with different situations in their lives. It is important for a child to have good feeling about themselves and having confidence that they can accomplish tasks. Some children have more stress then others. The school will try to help every child with the help of the parents to deal with these stressors. We will be helping them to understand and verbalize their feeling of anger, sadness, happiness and excitement. For example, our hope that anger would be expressed verbally instead of striking at a child or adult. This takes a lot of practice because young children react on impulse. It is also very important that your child should have a healthy separation from both parents when entering a new situation. We will work closely with both parents to make it as easy as possible for the child to work though their separation. The school will also work with the child throughout the year with any other emotional problems that the child will go through.
Physical activities both large and small are important in a child’s coordination in order for them to feel self confident about their body. This is done through the use of both large and small muscles in different interest areas. Children have fun running and playing, jumping rope and throwing and catching a ball as well as playing a board game or putting together a puzzle. The children develop confidence by achieving success in the area of physical development.