The preschool child is capable of increasingly complex purposeful thinking, behavior, communication, and interactions. Daily experiences promote a variety and range of academic, social, cognitive, and physical opportunities. Curriculum lessons encourage curiosity, discovery, practice, and successful mastery of skills.
The primary program materials are arranged into the following classifications:
Practical Life materials allow practice of everyday activities such as pouring, cleaning, and sorting while developing concentration, coordination, order, independence, equilibrium, and refinement of small and large muscle control. Practical life experiences are the foundation for the child’s self-regulation and establishment of self care, care of others, and the environment.
Sensorial materials refine the use of the senses in differentiating color, shape, size, weight, form, taste, smell, sound, tone, and texture. This promotes preparation for the perceptual and physical skills necessary for reading and writing, and for concepts of mathematics, geometry, algebra, and abstract thinking.
Mathematics materials provide a visual and kinesthetic experience of quantity and symbols while preparing the child for the operations of addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division.
Language materials present concrete experiences of the alphabet, phonetic sounding of letters, word construction, writing, and reading, encouraging comprehension, vocabulary development, articulation, and expression.
Art, Geography, Science, Music and Movement materials allow the child to expand a range of interests and to develop cultural awareness, creativity, and self-expression.