LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
Work and play should not be differentiated in the learning process of children, because play is a child's way of learning. As children use toys and objects to represent things, they begin to understand the symbolic process of reading and writing. Through play, children also develop imagination and powers of concentration. Their thinking capacities and problem-solving skills are strengthened. Our activity-oriented program fosters and supports this natural way of learning.
Happy Hollow believes in an age-appropriate curriculum to achieve the best results in preparing our students for a life-time of learning. We emphasize the learning process rather than the product produced.
To achieve this goal, we focus on several major areas:
- Language Development
- Self-Help Skills
- Development of Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Toddler Program (Ages 15 to 33 months):
Our toddler program and our school overall is a home-like environment allowing our youngest students to feel safe and comfortable while exploring, growing and learning with age appropriate toys and projects. We encourage children to try to use their words to express their needs and wants. Our toddler program emphasizes hands-on exploration and social interaction in a safe, engaging surrounding to promote each child’s blossoming independence and foster self-confidence.
Preschool Program (Ages 2.9 to 4 years):
Our Preschool program provides an environment where your child will gain a sense of self, explore, play with their peers and build confidence. Children are introduced to letters, numbers and shapes. More importantly, they learn how to socialize as they begin to cooperate, share, and participate in songs and story time. At three and four years old, children engage in play centers while expanding their imagination and developing their language skills.
Prekindergarten Program (Ages 4 to 6 years):
Children in our Prekindergarten program are strengthening their socialization skills, learning to compromise, be respectful of others and problem solve. Teachers are facilitators as children role play and negotiate with peers. Students begin identifying and writing both upper and lower case letters, as they ready themselves for the challenges of Kindergarten. They explore the world around them through math based games and through social studies and science activities.