Play, Explore and Learn!

Through play experiences, interactions with teachers and peers, and through exploration with different play materials kids discover their own ways of learning. CreArt teachers through observation and inquiry, help children advance in their knowledge by scaffolding their learning process while learning from them and with them. Our collaborative and playful environment fosters children’s exploration and creative thinking, and supports social and emotional development. 
Art is used as a teaching device, as well as a fun way to play.  Freedom with art supplies encourages using the imagination and is also a good release for emotions.  Eye-hand coordination is also developed.  

Literacy and Language Development includes time set aside in groups for show and tell, discussions about different subjects, flannel board stories, and most importantly, reading books. We will teach, support and encourage foreign languages at our school. Through books, songs and puppet play, different languages will be explored. Being exposed to that children start getting familiar with different sounds and words, which may facilitate future foreign language acquisition. 

Dramatic Play & movement encourages free expression and also allows the imagination to surface.  This is done through the use of  puppets, dress up clothes, blocks, and various props added to the dramatic area in the classroom.

Games and Social Activities as a group are highly encouraged in our classroom. Games and group activities help children learn from each other and teach children how to cooperate with one another. It also teaches patience and respect as they take turns.

Math is taught through our “Growing with Math” curriculum, which uses books, songs, and all sorts or materials that children play, explore and learn while having fun. Math is also explored in all sorts of activities during the day.  For example, counting how many crackers were eaten at snack time.  Other math games include identifying shapes, measuring, sorting and comparisons.

Science ideas that are simple to adults often are magic to the young preschooler. Exploring with books, toys and materials children are introduced to meteorology, biology, chemistry and physics in very simple forms.

Music is used as an important teaching tool.  It is easy to remember the rules at school when a song is sung to remind the children what to do next.  Music activities include activity tapes or CDs to help children to listen and follow directions. Anything can be taught through music.

Physical Development is included through using large muscle play on our outside area and playground.

Gardening  encourages children to appreciate nature and the world around them while learning and enjoying working with soil and water. Everything we grow at school will be used for children’ snacks or shared with them to take home; children also help to prepare them in cooking activities; they are often fascinated with this experience.

Cooking is included in our curriculum.  Besides learning about the major food groups, the children are more likely to eat something they have made.  This is also a good time to encourage math and science through measuring and mixing.