St. Joseph Catholic School

Little Knights Preschool » Philosophy

Philosophy

Our Approach
Our preschool program is conceptually based and fosters curiosity, creativity and social interaction. We believe that a child's intellectual, physical, social, emotional and creative growth is nurtured through play, wonder, and active, meaningful involvement in first-hand experiences.
 
Preschool learning is about discovering through math and science. It is about developing language skills, social skills and fine motor skills. It's about building confidence and self-esteem. At Little Knights, we believe all of this, and more, can be learned through purposeful and meaningful play. A child's play is their "work"!
 
We provide both guided and free-play to nurture imagination, initiative and problem-solving.
 
Children need to learn in a way that is meaningful to them. For example, they learn more about an apple by exploring a real apple than they would by looking at a picture of one. Our curriculum utilizes Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) teaching techniques to provide our students with a significant, hands-on learning experience. The DAP approach helps children learn in a more fun, interactive and meaningful way.
 
Our program values the teaching of socialization, cooperation and respect in a living Catholic faith environment.

Program Goals
At Little Knights we strive to provide experiences and activities that:
  • Help children develop their creative thinking skills.
  • Engage children in creative hands-on learning experiences.
  • Create a warm, nurturing environment that fosters a positive self-image.
  • Encourage children to develop social skills which promote positive relationships.
  • Enhance the children's physical development and skills.
  • Share the values and beliefs of our Catholic faith with our children.