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Mission and Philosophy

The program is designed to support children’s development and classroom research by faculty or supervised college students. The preschool program is based upon a developmental philosophy and a constructivist orientation of teaching and learning. We believe that children learn in different ways and at different rates. Our commitment is to provide educational experiences that are developmentally appropriate for each child and will enhance physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive development.

Constructivist learning requires hands-on engagement with ample opportunities for children to choose their own activities, and a rich language environment to stimulate children’s thinking. We recognize the value of educational play as a pathway to learning. Each day the Laboratory School provides a lively mix of art, science, music, numeracy, language and literacy in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. From a constructivist perspective, children are natural scientists and, given the opportunity, will engage in experimentation and problem solving on their own.