The members and staff of Rainbow Nursery School, Inc. believe that children thrive in a program that is developmentally appropriate; one planned for the general age span of the children within the group and implemented with attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of those individual children. This is effectively accomplished in a setting with a high adult to child ratio.
We believe our primary goals are to introduce children to the three S's:
- Socialization- The ability to play with other children harmoniously.
- Sharing- For most children, this is the first experience in a group setting, where they learn to respect each other and cooperate.
- Self-esteem- to acquire a feeling of confidence in themselves and in their abilities.
We believe that learning is an interactive process; teachers prepare the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials.
We believe that child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-supported play is essential to learning.
We promote cognitive growth by offering a variety of experiences in the curricular areas of social studies, math, language arts, and science. We encourage creativity through experiences in music, art, and dramatic expression. We promote social/emotional growth by helping children develop self-control, by nurturing feelings of self-worth, and by providing opportunities for them to develop social skills such as cooperating, sharing, and talking with the person involved to solve interpersonal problems. We promote physical growth by giving children daily opportunities for dancing, jumping, and balancing. Activity is planned daily so children can develop muscle skills and express themselves freely and loudly. Children develop small muscle skills through play activities such as pegboards, puzzles, painting, cutting, and similar activities.
We help children successfully complete tasks by providing support, focused attention, physical proximity, and verbal encouragement. We recognize that children learn from trial and error.
Finally, we believe that the cooperative spirit of participation and management by parents creates a safe, happy, and relaxed environment in which children thrive.