“Play is not only our creative drive; it’s a fundamental mode of learning.”
–David Elkind

St. Mary’s Preschool’s philosophy is based on theorist, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and the early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia. We believe that children benefit from practices that are grounded in research; this is why we choose to use a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum that enhances social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth through play.

We believe children are motivated to learn when they have opportunities to make choices in an environment that is enriching and stimulating. The role of the teacher is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, initiate learning and feel free to express themselves. Therefore, our preschool supports the following philosophy about children, their growth, and early education:

√ Foster curiosity and self-esteem

√ Encourage children to use critical thinking and problem solving

√ The classroom is carefully designed to reflect children’s interests and cultivate positive self-image and independence

√ Our curriculum challenges students through creativity, self-choice, and learning through play

√ Child initiated and teacher supported play is essential in our classrooms

√ Constructive guidance and positive reinforcement is used

√ Provide hands on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use the materials

√ Instill a love of learning

√ A language immersed curriculum

√ Each child individually learns in different ways, at a different pace, by different approaches and different ages of maturation

√ Self-disciplined children can direct their efforts towards fulfillment of their goals. Children learn self-discipline through understanding, commitment, and reinforcement.

√ Teaching life skills (self- regulation, problem solving, conflict resolution, character traits) is a vital part of our curriculum

“Most kindergarten teachers will tell you what they really value is the opportunity to teach kids when they show up at school prepared and ready to learn. It’s not so much that teacher’s value that the kindergartener can read or write. They value that the children enjoy learning, have a set of experiences that got them used to a classroom setting and know how to engage adults and kids in another setting.”
Dr. Robert Pianta