In partnership with parents, the Presbyterian Day School exists to provide a nurturing, educational, and Christian environment for all children ages 2 through 5; in an atmosphere where all ages, races, genders, creeds, and abilities are recognized and celebrated. We affirm that all children are a gift from God, created by God. We believe that all children are to be cherished and deserve all that we can offer them.
Our Philosophy: The term "developmentally appropriate practice" reflects the belief that two, three and four-year old children are meant to play and use imagination in order to begin understanding the world around them. In truth, it takes a lot of intentional planning, and prayer, on the part of the staff at the Presbyterian Day School! Art, song, movement, games, stories, gross and fine motor play, outdoor activities, field trips, and circle time music and discussions are just some of the ways we enhance emotional, social, physical and intellectual development in our students at the Presbyterian Day School.
In Pathways to Play, the authors show us that
, “Somehow, almost magically, the young child, through his/her playtime begins to learn all those things that will enable him to be ready for kindergarten and later the world!” At our school there is a lot of play and for good reason! Much research on children's learning and development documents the benefits of play for the whole child's literacy and language development. Learning through play also has been demonstrated to help foster a lifelong passion and love for learning.
This philosophy holds true for all preschool ages:
Children at play are actively involved in creating themes, exploring and establishing relationships, solving problems and developing shared understanding (2 – 5 years).
Children engage in "parallel play" — near each other but with each child engrossed in his own activity (2 – 3 years).
As children get older, they play cooperatively, organizing roles and scenarios for group play (3 – 5 years).
When kids play with each other, they learn to see other children's points of view and begin to understand customs and rules in their own culture and to appreciate those of others (3 - 4 years)
Children learn to use language in new ways to describe their play and interact with others. Through this process they are able to develop pre-reading skills and then begin to read and write (4 – 6 years).
They develop early math and science skills, while improving on their imagination and creativity (3 – 4 years).
In play, children develop their muscles and coordination, strengthening their core body strength. This allows the child to gain the ability to sit quietly and participate in learning opportunities with a class of other children. (2 – 5 years)
Our small teacher to student ratios and individualized teaching format honor and support each child’s unique range of maturity and capability. Beyond the preschool experience, we offer a child care program that closely follows a preschool atmosphere with a less structured approach.