Philosophy

shutterWhisper-IMG_5684Young children are playful by nature – from a very early age they learn about the world around them by using all of their senses and testing the properties of surrounding objects; later on they use their observation skills and growing imagination to role play and pretend. Then there is sensory play and creative play, small world and outdoor play, puppet play and play with books – observe a small child for an hour and you will see them engaging in all kinds of playful explorations.

At Alphabet Academy play is the cornerstone of our educational curriculum. In our program children are learning all day long – and they do it while engaging in all kinds of play, which keeps them interested, motivated and focused.

”Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.” ~Joseph Chiltern Pearce

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We teach mathematical concepts like number recognition, one to one correspondence and patterning through interacting with hands on materials and playing math games. We work on language development by reading lots of books, acting out stories and incorporating print and writing materials into dramatic play. Sensory play with water, sand, play-dough, paint – by far the most important kind of play for young children – teaches them how to use their senses to learn about their world. Creative play with art materials or through music and movement teaches children how to express themselves.

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Our curriculum is based on the concept of Projects. What this means is that children have an opportunity to explore a subject that interests them in depth, without having to limit their exploration to a set amount of time, or be bounded by a pre-selected set of topics. A group of children learning about insects might read books about them and look at pictures, look for and examine with a magnifying glass insects at the outdoor playground, practice their math using bug counters, build ant farms with matchsticks and blocks and grow their own butterflies from caterpillars. Our teachers incorporate math, logic, analytical and observational skills, problem solving and language arts into every activity children participate in, without making it feel like a lesson.

To learn more about our programming for a specific age group, go to Programs.

”Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” ~Diane Ackerman, contemporary American author