Developmentally appropriate practice
Individualized care and education
Learning through play – ‘playful learning’
Learning by doing
We believe that a child’s eagerness to learn combined with developmentally appropriate play and education strengthens their love of learning and prepares them for school and academic performance.
Play allows the teacher to identify a child’s individual needs and interests and to scaffold their learning in an enjoyable and personal situation. The potential for teaching and learning is optimal during play.
‘Playful learning’ is an intentional and structured learning. Free play, during which a child’s initiation and input predominate, is combined with guided play, during which the activities and materials used are selected for their educational qualities, and the teacher’s participation expands. Hands-on activities and experiences offer the child opportunities to directly interact with the learning materials and people thus, building knowledge in a meaningful and personal way. The ‘playful learning’ approach encourages an integrated development that promotes self-confidence, social skills, early math and literacy, self-expression, and creativity, all of which are necessary for later academic performance.
Our program and curriculum feature a distinctive character, The Ladybug, who personifies a caring, fun, and guiding presence in a child’s life. The Ladybug is an integral part of our program and enhances all areas of our learning environment. As a friendly guide, Mia, our Ladybug and her friends accompany each child through their daily exploration and learning, offering them the support, the encouragement, and the recognition the child needs.
Mary Ellen Rahn