Tiny Tots provides an environment that encourages children to learn about themselves and others, to explore their
own world, to grow in curiosity, and to develop their individual capacities. The daily program meets children’s needs
for security and predictability by alternating periods of active and quiet times throughout the morning. Variety is
offered in the many activities which are freely available to children. The bridge between home and school is the family’s
supervising and working with children in a learning partnership.
Our school is activity centered.
Children learn by doing. They are free to explore materials, ask questions, and try new ways of doing things. The
environment is designed to encourage self-directed exploration. Equipment and materials may be unstructured to
encourage creative uses, or they may have built-in concepts of form, color, number categories, and spatial relationships.
Opportunities are available for small and large muscle development, language, movement and music, creative arts,
Children learn through play.
Play is the child’s first and best way of assimilating new information, putting it together with what has already been learned.
New ideas and understandings are internalized in this way. Play is children’s work and as they play in preschool, they lay
the groundwork for the more specific and formal academic learning which will follow. Our preschool setting provides freedom
to explore, ask questions, and create.
The whole child is encouraged to develop:
Physically: By engaging in motor activities that develop children’s muscles, both large and small; physical
strength; balancing, swinging, and climbing skills.
Emotionally: By learning appropriate and acceptable way of expressing positive and negative emotions
and gaining control over their own behavior.
Socially: By interacting with peers in individual and group settings and in relating to adults other than their
Intellectually: By encouraging language skills and concept development, by awakening curiosity and by
sharpening sensory awareness.