Learning Through Play
PMCCP believes that young children learn through play. During play, children interact with their peers, adults, and their environment and have an opportunity to learn about themselves, the others, and the world in a hands-on way. Open-ended play provides opportunities to build knowledge of the world through meaningful and relevant experiences. Our curriculum supports children in developing a foundation of concepts and necessary skills that encourage confidence, assertiveness, and the ability to think independently - all through play!
Some key areas addressed are:
· Developing high self-esteem
· An ability to recognize and express feelings
· Strong communication skills
· Non-violent conflict resolution and problem solving
· Appreciation for the diversity of our community
· Critical thinking skills about bias and prejudice
Our program is committed to providing children with the skills necessary to thrive in a diverse society. We welcome and value what each child brings to our program and work to reflect each family in our environment and day-to-day activities.
Additionally, PMCCP recognizes the family as the primary educator in the growth and development of children. Research shows that children thrive in atmospheres that celebrate and validate their home culture and experience. Therefore, building positive and productive relationships with each family is critical to every child's development. We invite families to share their ideas, talents, stories, and cultures; communication and mutual respect between families and staff form the basis of healthy, strong relationships that best support children and their growth.
Because bias and prejudice harm all children, an anti-bias philosophy is integrated throughout daily classroom life. It guides all aspects of our practice with the following goals in mind:
· Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities
· Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences, and deep, caring human connections
·Every child increasingly recognizes unfairness, has language to describe unfairness, and understands that unfairness hurts
·Each child will learn to demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discriminatory actions.
We believe that the achievement of these goals will provide children with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary for life in an increasingly complex and diverse society. Anti-bias work is challenging and requires a commitment from staff and parents to examine and confront the biases in ourselves.