Preschoolers use their senses and motor skills to explore the world and are highly curious about unfamiliar objects, events and phenomena. They solve simple problems with the "trial and error method and will practice an activity many times to master it. Their blossoming language skills prompt many "why," "what" and "how" questions.
They pretend more during play, using familiar objects and situations to process their daily experiences. The teachers like to think of the classroom space as a canvas for children's imaginations.
Physically, they explore all the ways to travel from here to there, including rolling, crawling, creeping, walking, running, jumping and climbing.
They are beginning to enjoy playing alongside other children and are laying the groundwork for reading and writing and math through real life experiences and classroom activities.
They are also experiencing a whole new level and understanding of independence. They are working on understanding themselves as separate from other people, understanding their space in the world and how what they do affects things and people. Many of the objectives we have for preschoolers are made with an understanding of this developmental stage in mind.
There are many physical, language and cognitive skills preschoolers are discovering that they have and they are beginning to develop a sense of pride of mastery.
"A school needs to be a place for all children,
not based on the idea that they’re all the same, but that they’re all different." - Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio Emilia approach