Playing Preschool Philosophy
Playing Preschool is built on my personal educational philosophy and carefully crafted teaching methodology perfected in my nearly 20 years of experience working with children. In creating Playing Preschool, I drew upon my advanced degrees in education as well as my experience teaching hundreds of children in a classroom setting and raising my own three kids at home.
Using my unique teaching style, I developed a one-of-a-kind program designed to honor a child’s personal development and a caregiver’s role as the child’s best teacher.
Education is meant to enrich and enlighten a child’s life. It is equal parts independent and cooperative in nature. “Educating” is not something done to a child but is instead a journey of knowledge building that occurs throughout a lifetime.
Above all else, children are worthy of respect. With the right tools and guidance, our young learners are capable of high-level thinking, complex problem solving, and meaningful reflection.
Playing Preschool honors this philosophy. Children work collaboratively with their parent or caregiver to grow their knowledge foundation and gain exposure to fundamental concepts and skills. Playing Preschool children are respected learners invited to share their ideas, explain their thought-processes, and apply critical thinking skills each day.
Many preschool curricula, workbooks, and computer programs rely on one-dimensional, “closed-questions” with children. These closed-question programs requiring precise one-word answers lack depth and remove the opportunity for divergent thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning. “Closed-questions” are black and white. Yes or no. Right or wrong.
Playing Preschool is different.
Playing Preschool uses an open-ended system to help children learn in a multi-dimensional way that values their unique thoughts and observations. Rather than requiring one-word answers or right/wrong responses, children in Playing Preschool learn through open-ended prompts and questions that provide space for the child’s individuality to shine. Playing Preschool honors the child’s current developmental stage and encourages high-level thinking.
Conversations, questions, and projects in Playing Preschool are intentionally open to the child’s thought process, allowing children at various ages and stages to learn through this novel methodology.
A five-year-old and a three-year-old will respond to the same question in vastly different ways, but each of their thought processes are equally valid. A workbook containing one-dimensional “closed questions,” is unlikely to respect the child’s thinking and is equally unlikely to work for kids who are not at the exact same age and developmental stage.
This is why Playing Preschool has become a leading homeschool preschool program.
Playing Preschool honors your children and gives them the tools they need to shine.