Preschool programs are based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery. The FJA Preschool room is a unique space, incorporating aspects of nature and the outdoors in every session. We “bring the outdoors, in” and have created places for children to dig and plant, pour and measure, reflect and refract light, and experiment using these mediums. These experiences help children build a connection with nature and develop key foundational skills, building a foundation for life-long learning. We believe children grow and learn given opportunities to explore and inquire in a stimulating and nurturing environment.
Through play, children investigate, discover, inquire, solve problems and therefore, learn. Teachers organize space and materials that support the engagement of small groups and immerses children in play. Teachers learn along with and listen to the interests of each child, letting that be a guide for creating a wide range of sensory experiences incorporating music, rhythm, movement, language, and physical play. Learning is visible through teacher documentation, photos, videos and displays of student work and creations. Social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills develop with these experiences as the children become more aware of themselves, their peers and their classroom community. Children at this age are developing their sense of self, and it’s important that they have opportunities to express themselves through a variety of forms of expression.