Your child, ages 3- to 5-years of age, can attend preschool in the world's largest classroom at The Children's Museum Preschool! At The Children's Museum Preschool, children are escorted by their teachers in small groups to the museum galleries on a daily basis. They return to their state-of-the art preschool classroom before the museum opens to the public to extend their museum experience through classroom projects and centers related to the arts, sciences, and humanities.
Philosophy: Children are naturally curious. They ask questions. They explore. The Children's Museum Preschool cultivates these interests within the classroom and museum setting by applying the principles and practices of Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilia. Certified, experienced teachers will guide each child's preferences by asking questions and encouraging discussions. As children begin to explore topics and skills that interest them, they'll begin to think critically, and increase their confidence, self-reliance, and socialization. Math and language development will happen naturally, and problem-solving will occur logically, through play and interaction with others.
Learning Environment: Specially designed classrooms, set apart from the museum galleries, provide a familiar and comfortable home base for hands-on projects and activities related to the museum's galleries and exhibits. Classes are small so teachers can nurture learning, creativity, and self-discovery.
Museum time is built into every class. Children will learn by handling real tools and artifacts, talking with experts, and exploring dynamic and engaging galleries and exhibits focused on the arts, physical and natural sciences, and the humanities. Children will visit a dinosaur world filled with fossils and an airplane that simulates flight to a foreign country. When you ask your child, "What did you do in school today?" be prepared for some wonderful answers!