"Good quality education encourages the exploration of alternative thinking, multiple answers, and creative insights"states Eric Jensen from Teaching with the Brain in Mind (1998).
The preschool experience at St. Francis is one that focuses on maximizing the early years of brain development while nurturing a child's innate curiosity and creative spirit. We plan and work from the premise that the early years are the foundation for all future learning. Therefore, each day is filled with a wide variety of child-directed and teacher-directed experiences that are not only developmentally appropriate but allow for choices to encourage each child to grow toward the next level. The curriculum builds meaningful conceptual frameworks that evolve throughout the child's preschool experience.
"...the evidence is overwhelming that enriched environments do grow a better brain. In addition, the early developing brain grows fastest and is the most ready for change. That opportunity must be seized." (Jensen, 1998. p. 40)
The teachers at St. Francis Preschool provide materials and activities that are engaging and challenging, creative as well as fostering critical thinking, all while seeking to utilize the unique talents of each child. The staff also brings to the classroom a level of expertise and knowledge that is rarely found in early childhood programs.
The staff of St. Francis Preschool is dedicated...
- to maximizing the full and unique potential of each child within a nurturing learning community
- to utilizing children's innate curiosity to develop a joy of learning that propels them to be life-long learners
- to presenting experiences that build confidence with resilience, independence with compassion, and cooperative social skills with conflict resolution strategies
- to promoting critical thinking skills by encouraging children to investigate, problem solve, and deeply experience the process of creating
- to developing responsible children who grow to be full participants of our democratic society