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The program philosophy at Creek Day School, Inc. is based on three basic tenants of the developmental needs of preschool children and how they learn.

1.    We believe that play is a fundamental learning experience.  Play for adults may be more on the order of relaxation or recreation, but for children it is the fundamental learning experience.  The program at Creek is designed to promote learning through both structured and free-play situations.

2.    We believe that the preschool years are critical for the development of sensory-motor coordination (learning to use the hands and eyes together to produce an object) and form the foundation for all future learning.

3.    The preschool years also coincide with the stage of personality development in relation to other people.  Children gain valuable skills for forming relationships with others through daily interactions with peers and staff.

Although the center provides structured learning situations, it is not a copy of elementary school.  What is important is that the preschool experience build the functional foundation which will allow the child to participate on an achievement level in society.

Creek Day School serves as an extension of the family sharing the tasks of nutrition, healthcare and problem-solving.

OBJECTIVES

1.  To provide a warm, comfortable and pleasant environment for children to learn and socialize in.

2.  To help children develop emotional maturity and independence.

3.  To provide situations for guidance for the purpose of developing communication and socialization skills.

4.  To help the child develop self-confidence and pride in his/her skills.

5.  To encourage self-discovery and problem-solving at each child’s level.

6.  To help children begin to develop age-appropriate responsibilities for their actions, basic self-care needs, health, nutrition and safety.

7.  To provide children with opportunities for speaking, listening, reading and writing.
8.  To encourage a sense of freedom and creativity.

9.  To provide situations where children can construct an understanding of mathematical concepts.

10. To assist children in learning to think scientifically and construct meaning from their experiences.

11. To help children develop an awareness of the larger world around them.

12. To provide children with physical challenges to aid them in the development of body awareness and coordination.

13. To work cooperatively with parents to achieve mutual objectives for their children.






Creek Day School
2509 Mcdivitt Rd
Madison, WI 53713
(608) 271-1921