PIV provides a nurturing environment staffed by highly qualified teachers, sensitive to the needs of young children. Helping children experience success in early experiences with separation and socialization is one of our primary goals. The curriculum is based on the developmental needs of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds and an understanding of how young children learn. The environment encourages active learning with adults, other children and concrete materials. The curriculum includes experiences in the following areas:
- Social Development: Opportunities to develop social skills such as cooperating, helping, negotiating and talking through problems
- Language Development and Literacy: Exposure to quality stories and rhymes, dramatic play, conversation. Beginning to write, including the child’s name, numbers and letters, when appropriate
- Cognitive Development: Hands-on activities to develop concepts in Math, Science, Social Studies and Health
- Physical Development: Activities to develop and enhance large and small motor skills
- Aesthetic Development: Creative expression through a variety of art and music experiences
While the curriculum is designed to meet the developmental needs of all children, the unique individual needs of each child are respected and provided for.
Play and spontaneous exploration are fundamental to childhood and essential to learning. Through play, children explore their world, develop new skills, learn how to get along with others, try out growing muscles and new ideas and gain the self-confidence to try different activities. At PIV children are given the time and opportunity for many different ways to play. The curriculum introduces children to logical thinking, problem solving, information gathering and the building of a knowledge bank. School readiness skills are acquired through exposure to numbers, letters, categories, size, shape, sequence, identification of objects, cause and effect, how things work, seasons and ways to use materials to express ideas. Teachers follow the lead of children’s expressed interests.
Parents can make an important contribution to the curriculum by sharing their time and talents with the children in the classroom. We encourage your participation.