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The Role of Our Teachers

From teachers and administrators to our support staff, you will find a building filled with educators dedicated to the growth of your child. Our Teacher’s role during play is that of facilitator and guide.  Although play is a difficult concept to define, it is very easy to recognize. Children actively involved in play may be engaged in a variety of activities. They may play independently, with a partner, or in a group. Because play is closely tied to the cognitive, socio-emotional, and motor development of young children, it is an important part of developmentally appropriate early childhood programs. Teachers have been trained to make daily observation, to interact and to ask open ended questions.  Observations and documentation is the first step in the assessment process in order to learn about the children. Responding to the strengths and needs of each child require you to observe carefully and with intention. We define observation as watching and listening to learn about individual children.  When you make watching and listening to children a purposeful and intentional part of teaching, you better understand what children are feeling, thinking and learning.

Classroom Layout that is conducive to Learning

Classrooms are organized into learning centers where children choose from a variety of activities that encourage problem solving and valuable interchange with peers. Children learn about themselves and the world around them through experimentation, exploration and discovery. Learning centers are designed to help children become critical thinkers and problem solvers. They enhance self-esteem as children interact with other kids and adults by playing with the materials and equipment in the centers. Learning centers include art, blocks, dramatic play, housekeeping, library, computer, listening, manipulative, science, sand and water, and writing.