Preschool Philosophy of Education

At St. Alban’s Preschool, we pride ourselves in providing age-appropriate, concrete experiences to meet developmental needs in the lives of young children.  We believe that learning is an interrelated process, with each area of development overlapping with and affecting other areas.  We will provide opportunities that nurture the development of the whole child.

FiremanUsing the essential knowledge of how young children learn and grow as our framework, and knowing that learning takes place as experiences are relevant and meaningful to children, we will prepare and environment that takes advantage of what children do naturally, explore and make sense of the world around them through play.  Through these real, “hands-on” experiences, children are learning higher order thinking skills, problem-solving, critical thinking, cause and effect.  With teacher as facilitator, children will be guided to work and play together, learning to make decisions, take initiative, cooperative with others, follow instructions and think of themselves as capable persons.

Our total school program will include the following: stories, reading, role playing and drama, a print rich environment to support emerging language and literacy, age appropriate math and science experiences, music, sensory experiences, movement and outdoor play, lunch, and monthly enrichment experiences.

We know that each child comes to us with his/her individual background, experiences, interests, strengths, needs, and learning style.  We will respect and celebrate differences in children, creating a nurturing, caring community within each classroom.  We will be a safe place for children to learn to express themselves in appropriate ways and love others.  We will value each child as a precious gift from God.