The core emphasis of our curriculum is play. Educational research supports the importance of imaginative play in a child’s development. Play is widely recognized to: cultivate problem-solving and critical thinking skills, promote language development and physical coordination, and develop conflict resolution skills and emotional maturity*. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently urged a return to free play, as it is connected to every aspect of a child’s well being.
Our program provides for and encourages ample opportunity for free play, both inside and outdoors. WHCC teachers encourage play in all forms, from ditch digging to dress-up, painting to building rocket ships. Weekly themes are introduced to guide children to explore new ideas and subjects while at play.