Preschool Philosophy

Based on the Interactional theory of Piaget*, Kohlberg, and Vygotsky*:

  • Learning results from the interaction between the environment and the child’s own emerging thinking.
  • Interaction with the environment is determined not only by exposure to the appropriate materials and experiences but also by the timely intervention from significant others (including peers) in the child’s life.
  • The Child is intrinsically driven to interact with materials placed in the environment; but it is the trained teacher who selects not only the developmentally appropriate materials, but also the time and manner in which those experiences are constructed.

Our Goals are based on the following theoretical assumptions:

  • Play is cherished and play spaces are rich with learning opportunities
  • Each child’s rhythm is caught and given a warm response
  • Children are encouraged to explore and create. In line with Multiple Intelligence Theories of Gardner, activities that encourage the use of multi-modalities (kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, and visual-spatial) are provided to support children in the ways they learn best.
  • Children enjoy successes that lead to greater self-confidence and independence
  • Staff members value and are responsive to each child’s special abilities, learning style, and developmental pace.

Our Goals are based on Catholic-Christian tradition:

  • Children will develop a sense of wonder at the world around them.
  • Children will become sensitive to the spiritual.
  • Children will develop an awareness of the presence of God in them, in others, and in all things.

* You can read about these psychologists in Parent Resources section on of the Preschool page