WNS Early Childhood Philosophy
WNS embraces a child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our preschool program is play-based and rooted in social-constructivist philosophy, principles and practices. Simply stated, we learn better together. We believe learning is a collaborative process and that play IS learning. High quality early childhood education provides the foundation for lifelong learning. As a community of lifelong learners, we understand that knowledge is not individually constructed, but co-constructed. Skills which foster collaboration and communication develop in our social learning environment as we play, discover, and grow together. Immersed within our emergent curriculum, children have a variety of opportunities to express their ideas in many languages, including drawing, sculpting, painting, music making, movement, construction, dramatic play, and shadow play. Children are able to explore their differences and similarities in an atmosphere of respect where each child is encouraged to share their stories and listen to each other's voices. The environment is our "third teacher," offering a nurturing, home-like setting with natural materials, natural light, and indoor/outdoor classrooms. Opportunities are created for children to explore their natural world, inside and outside. Our preschool is filled with creative energy and caring spaces designed with children in mind.