Play as a Curriculum

At Dalton Preschool, we believe that play is children’s work and provides the most effective stage for brain development and learning in the early childhood years. The activities we plan for the children, the way we organize the classroom environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the objectives of the curriculum and give your child a successful start in their education

 In support of this, our program:

  • Provides appropriate challenges
  • Includes tasks that children can master and practice
  • Encourages children’s social, cognitive, and physical problem solving
  • Provides for quiet, as well as active play
  • Provides many choices and open-ended activities
  • Develops activities which evolve from the interests of children
  • Promotes the development of cooperation
  • Includes daily activities to promote literacy
  • Uses the group music experiences to promote language development, support cognitive growth, and kindle a sense of community
  • Helps children understand and appreciate individual differences and similarities, cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Provides an atmosphere of caring and trust between children, teachers, and parents