Here at La Cristianita, we utilize a play-based preschool curriculum designed to ignite the curiosity and creativity of young learners. Our goal is to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can engage in purposeful play while developing essential social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills. Through a balance of structured activities and free exploration, our curriculum encourages children to actively discover and learn at their own pace.

Benefits of Play-Based Preschool Curriculum:

1. Holistic Development: Play-based learning promotes the overall development of the “whole child”, including cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and language skills.

2. Intrinsic Motivation: Play-driven activities foster a sense of intrinsic motivation, leading to a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.

3. Hands-on Learning: Through hands-on experiences and interactive play, children gain a deeper understanding of concepts presented to them.

4. Creativity and Imagination: Play allows children to unleash their creativity, imagination, and problem-solving abilities.

5. Social Skills: Interacting with peers during play helps children develop important social skills, such as cooperation, communication, and empathy.

Curriculum Areas:

1. Language and Literacy:

   – Storytelling sessions with props and puppets

   – Pretend play center with a focus on language-rich interactions

   – Rhyme and song exploration for phonemic awareness

– Pre-writing skills practice, building finger and hand strength and dexterity

2. Mathematics:

   – Counting and sorting activities, number practice and recognition

   – Shape and color recognition through games and puzzles

   – Measurement and comparison using everyday objects

3. Science and Nature:

   – Sensory exploration with natural materials

   – Simple science experiments that spark creativity and encourage those “ah-ha!” moments

   – Gardening and observing plant growth, cosmic education, building an understanding of the world  

4. Arts and Crafts:

   – Open-ended art activities using various mediums

   – Creative expression through music and dance

   – Dramatic play with dress-up costumes and props

5. Physical Development:

   – Gross motor play (climbing, jumping, balancing)

   – Fine motor activities (cutting, drawing, threading beads)

   – Yoga and relaxation exercises for body awareness

6. Social and Emotional Learning:

   – Circle time for sharing feelings and experiences and building listening skills

   – Cooperative games to foster teamwork and empathy

   – Conflict resolution and emotional regulation building exercises

7. Outdoor Play and Nature Exploration:

   – Nature walks and scavenger hunts

   – Sand and water play for sensory experiences

   – Gross motor activities on the playground

The La Cristianita curriculum provides a flexible and child-centered approach. Each day includes a mix of teacher-guided activities, child-initiated play, and opportunities for individual and group exploration. Teachers act as facilitators, observing and guiding children’s play, and providing intentional interventions when needed to extend learning.