St. David's Nursery School's “Creative Learning Environment” is a special place for preschool and kindergarten children. Within the nurturing environment of the school, all children are encouraged to grow in every aspect of their physical, social, emotional, cognitive and cultural development. At the same time, the school recognizes that all children have individual learning styles, strengths and needs. The school is dedicated to providing a solid foundation for the development of skills and knowldege that contributes to the future success of each child.
Within the beautiful setting of the school and in a relaxed atmosphere, curiosity, alertness, initiative, creativity, confidence, and autonomy are encouraged in all activities. Our children are encouraged to grow and develop:
Socially-Emotionally – Children learn social skills through interaction with peers and teachers in group situations. Children are given opportunities to develop and maintain a positive self-image through experiences in which they have choices, positive feedback and success. Teachers are loving and caring in their interactions with the children.
Intellectually – Children grow as they interact with the environment and learning materials. They are challenged to think, create, and express themselves.
Physically – Children are given many opportunities to develop and maintain perceptual and large and small muscle skills each day.
Curiosity, alertness, initiative, creativity, confidence, and autonomy are encouraged in all activities.
Each day offers the child opportunities for free play, choice of manipulative materials, art and craft experiences, language development, music experiences, and large and small muscle development. We stress that preschool children learn from experiences that are concrete and active, usually in the form of play. Play is the most effective way of learning during these early years. Through play children learn to communicate, to exercise their imaginations, to try out ideas, to practice grown-up behavior, and to develop in all areas.