The importance of play to the development of young children has been studied extensively in the past 75 years. St. Luke’s United Methodist Preschool follows Teaching Strategies’ Creative Curriculum for Preschools. Creative curriculum draws from the theories of Maslow, Erikson, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, and Smilansky as our foundation.

Abraham Maslow teaches that the basic needs- shelter, food, safety and acceptance, must be met before an individual can focus on learning.

Erik Erikson explains that there is a natural sequence of issues that children work through: Trust vs. Mistrust; Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt; Initiative vs. Guilt.

Jean Piaget studied the progression of logical thinking on young children. By the preschool years, a child’s awareness of both the properties of objects and the perspective of other people are emerging.

Lev Vygotsky explains that children’s cognitive development is learned through interactions with culture and social environment.

Howard Gardner believes that all children are intelligent in their own way and that we as educators should expand on their strengths.

Sara Smilansky believes that children learn through play. Each and every activity helps provide knowledge which they can build upon.

Based on these teachings, the teachers and staff at St. Luke’s United Methodist Preschool create a positive learning environment, where the students can learn through play, hands on discovery, and interaction with classmates and teachers. Our classroom environment is structured into centers, keeping our focus on how the children learn and develop. Please view Classroom Centers to learn the importance of each center and classroom area.