Downey Preschool Open House

The week of February 9-14 is our annual Open House. This is a great opportunity to visit and learn about Downey. A table will be set up in the hallway with information and snacks, and a parent will be available to show you around and answer questions.

  • Monday-Saturday 9:30-11 a.m. daily.
  • M/W/F: Frog classes for ages 4-5
  • T/Th: Polliwog classes for ages 3-4
  • T/W/Th/F: Tadpole classes for ages 2-3
  • Monday: Lily Pad class for ages 18-24 mos
  • Saturday will feature a special story time, snack & craft for all ages!


Why Play Is Important in Preschool Classrooms

“If you want your preschooler to be ready for the academic rigors ahead, forget about the curriculum. Instead, look for a classroom that lets children learn the way they do best…

“‘For kids under 5, play is the foundation for creativity, constructive problem solving, self-regulation, and learning as a whole,’ says Susan Linn, cofounder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and author of The Case for Make Believe. Play also helps preschoolers master the skills they’ll need for academic subjects later on. Storytime advances pre-reading skills like rhyming, wordplay, and the ability to follow a plot. A simple activity like playing with soap bubbles can stimulate science learning, while building with blocks establishes a foundation for understanding geometry. Repetitive play (such as putting a puzzle together, taking it apart, and then reassembling it) hones motor acuity, while unstructured group play boosts kids’ social skills…

“An early academic approach doesn’t seem to improve classroom performance. A study from the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, found that fourth-graders who have attended play-based preschools outperform fellow students both academically and socially. And a study published in Early Childhood Research & Practice found clear links between pretend play and enhanced language ability. Your child’s future success in school doesn’t hinge on your enrolling him in a pre-K that teaches him to add and subtract or know the chemical formula for water. It’s more productive to find a program that lets him have fun as he learns.”

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