Pre-K 4 SA follows the HighScope whole-child approach. It hinges on consistent routine and purposeful play that nurtures children’s learning and thinking. While the children think they are just playing, they are actually developing social-emotional and cognitive skills as well as an understanding of literacy, language, math, and science concepts — all critical to both school and life success.
The comprehensive whole-child approach allows children to deepen their natural curiosity and eagerness for discovery by providing them with a safe and trusting learning environment, supporting their interests and abilities, and promoting the importance of indoor and outdoor activities.
The most important segment of the daily routine is the plan-do-review sequence, in which children make decisions about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and reflect upon their activities with adults and other children. These higher-level thinking skills are linked to the development of executive functions needed to succeed in school and life.
Research shows that one of the most important benefits of high-quality early childhood education is the development of executive function — the brain processes that allow us to get things done. Executive function is tied to long-term academic success, better behavior, improved health, better decision-making, and career success.