In the preschool classrooms at Condell, we recognize that children are now beginning to find their independence and grow tremendously in their social/emotional and language skills. It is our philosophy that children at this developmental stage acquire and hone these essential skills through play-based learning. During this time, children are acquiring an emerging sense of who they are in relation to the surrounding world, causing an increase in the ability to engage in pretend play. This type of play is very effective as a form of expression when children’s limited, but ever-growing, vocabulary fails them. Pretend play offers the child the ability to have control over a situation, develop self-regulation and coping skills, problem solve, and many other benefits. This is why Condell uses a play-based approach, combined with some structured center and teacher-led activities, to help the children learn in their own unique style.
In Condell’s Child Day Care program, the preschool curriculum uses a play-based approach, while children’s interests and experiences are also used to guide some structured themes and activities. A vital piece of the curriculum for preschool children revolves around pro-social behavior. Continuing to build skills like cooperation, problem solving, self-direction, respect, and responsibility help solidify a strong foundation for learning in the years to come. Along with working on these essential social/emotional skills, preschool children will also be exposed to many learning experiences through play and structured activities that will further promote their cognitive, physical, and language development.