Tualatin Valley Preschool is founded on the philosophy of play, which emphasizes sensory learning and natural learning. Our program is child-centered, with the teachers gently guiding children to new understandings and connections.
Why is play so important?
Play encourages the child's natural desire to learn. They are provided experiences on a sensory level which gives them the most basic pleasures in physical activity and playing in various situations. Through their curiosity, inventiveness and spontaneous energy, they develop a lifetime of learning.
Through play, children can explore the world, find out how it works and find out about themselves and their capabilities. It is a way of allowing them to repeat and repeat until they master the skill required to carry out their purpose, giving them confidence.
Young children need to:
use their changing bodies
explore the world around them
grow in language
organize their learnings
learn to work with others
think of themselves as capable people
Through play children learn to:
test and exercise their bodies
handle, taste, smell, and observe
extend language through their own experiences
act things out--living things over
share materials and people
solve problems on their own