Preschool at Friends School Haverford introduces young students to the world inside and outside the classroom.
A snapshot: Teacher Kristin lifts up a globe. “What’s this?” she asks her preschool students, who stare in wonder at the blue orb. The following conversation is facilitated by the preschool teacher, follows the students’ natural, exploratory interests, and ranges broadly. The class discusses the planet and its space in the solar system; the concept and importance of maps; the names of and differences between two- and three-dimensional shapes; the role of water on Earth; and how our world is divided up into countries. After their conversation, students break into small groups to color, construct, and map two- and three-dimensional planets of their own. Preschoolers learn pre-academic, social, and emotional skills by engaging in play-based activities in a supportive and encouraging classroom environment.
In the fall, the preschool class plants daffodil and tulip bulbs in the Heritage House Gardens. When the seasons change and snow covers the garden ground, students forget about the bulbs. Come early spring, the preschoolers discover the young, budding plants and remember their labor. They are delighted to see that their efforts have turned into something beautiful for everyone in the community to admire, and take pride in being stewards of the garden and playground environment.
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