The Selwyn School Preschool Program is specifically designed to provide a secure, open and engaging experiential learning environment for children ages 3-5. The modern campus offers an environment that encourages a life-long love for learning. Each classroom has both secure indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for nurturing the natural curiosity of children and meeting their desire to engage with the world around them. It’s the ideal space to elevate curiosity to discovery, then discovery to learning.
In our early education program, we believe each child has a unique and limitless capacity for learning. Children are viewed as capable, creative, imaginative and motivated learners who are seeking to discover their own unique strengths and talents. Allowing ample time for curiosity and discovery fosters a rich environment for children to meet their full, whole-child potential. Our educators connect with each child with respectful and intentional efforts to honor the child allowing them to be fully seen, heard and valued. By pursuing their interests alongside them as co-researchers, the child is given the chance to create theories and process information resulting in innovative, critical thinking. Our image of the child as capable also affords us the opportunity to allow them time and space to learn collaboratively as they navigate the early childhood emotional and social developmental milestones. Communicating with peers and adults is a primary focus in efforts that each child find their voice and role in the classroom family. Our program values play as a protected right of a child in their early years. It is our pathway as we teach, explore and chase curiosities together.
Our philosophy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia early childhood program in Italy, the Constructivism Theory, play research by Dr. Stuart Brown, the childhood theorist Jean Piaget, and our experienced educators and leadership. These theories and philosophies align with our goal to implement a modern, progressive approach to early childhood that values the inherent rights of a child.
“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
– Sir Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Our Pre-K Program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, a belief that children learn best from three different educators: their parents, their school teachers, and their environment. This is why we’ve worked so hard to create a learning space that will immerse our young students in a highly stimulating environment that embraces their love of learning from all three types of instructors. In our program, each child will receive the individualized attention they need and deserve. Children learn best by interacting with their environment, which is why our preschool students enjoy play as one of the essential elements of their educational experience. In addition, our teachers will actively involve you in your child’s education so the learning process can continue at home.
As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Selwyn School provides one of the most thoroughly comprehensive and developmentally appropriate array of student-focused learning experiences in the Denton County area.
Our preschool program was created with progress in mind. Studies support the idea that early childhood education is more than learning primary colors, promoting language and literacy skills, and beginning to establish mathematical competencies. While our Pre-K Program prepares children for the fundamental building blocks of learning we offer in our Lower School kindergarten classes: listening, reading, writing, and arithmetic, we also focus on the social and emotional aspects of childhood development to further ensure all of our students can grow up to be happy, healthy, and successful adults.