PTS Preschool’s play-based or developmental curriculum supports our philosophy and goals. The emphasis is on the “whole child.” Learning activities are designed to match the developmental stages of each child. Our curriculum and instruction is both experiential and intentional. Daily activity schedules include options for quiet and active play. Our outdoor environment includes a unique play structure, sand and water play areas, a bike path and a preschool garden.Activities include art expression, dramatic play, literacy and language development, zoo phonics, writers workshop, science exploration, cooking, block building, music, math activities, stories, puzzles, manipulatives, multiple sensory experiences and gardening.
Each week, the children are offered specialties by professional staff in music and physical education. Professional entertainment is also brought in to enhance our already rich curriculum.
The Outdoor Classroom
We are proud to offer an Outdoor classroom connected to each class. Anyone
who takes children outside regularly sees the enjoyment, sense of wonder and
excitement that happens when children engage outdoors. In this special space
the children are given the same opportunities for exploration and hands on
experiences inside but in an open outdoor space where they can experience the
beauty, wonder and mystery of the natural world.
It is essential that young children get frequent and regular opportunities to
explore and learn in an outdoor environment
Children who actively learn in outdoor spaces are proven to have greater self-
esteem, cooperation, conflict resolution, leadership skills, relationships with
peers, problem solving skills, motivation to learn, better behavior, and lead
Learning outside the classroom gives children contact with the natural world and
offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with
the weather and the seasons. Playing and learning outside also helps children to
understand and respect nature, the environment and the interdependence of
humans, animals, plants, and lifecycles. The outdoor environment offers space
and therefore is particularly important to those children who learn best through
active movement. Learning that flows seamlessly between indoors and outdoors
makes the most efficient use of resources and builds on the children’s interests.