Understanding that every child can learn and has individual needs and skills, PLPD provides a wide range of positive learning opportunities to foster the healthy development of the whole child - social, intellectual, physical, emotional, moral and spiritual. Our Active Learning curriculum is based on child-centered teaching practices that encourage cooperative and play-based learning experiences that are designed toward academic readiness. The multi-cultural enrollment enables children to learn, accept and appreciate the differences among people. PLPD recognizes that parents are an integral part of every child’s development. Parental involvement is actively sought, encouraged and welcomed to enhance each child’s positive self-image and love of learning. The program will daily incorporate and exemplify Christian perspectives. Since children learn as much by observing others as they do by direct instruction, staff members recognize the importance of appropriate role modeling.
Beliefs within our vision for developmentally appropriate child-centered curriculum include:
The classroom environment is designed to encourage autonomous, child-directed, process-based learning with opportunities for guided practice from the teacher and/or through social interactions with peers. Learning is what children do; it is not something that is done to them.
Child development is an individual process encompassing unique and individual rates of growth often unrelated to a child’s age. Classroom activities are differentiated based on individual developmental level and individual learner interests.
Children learn diversity through inclusive instruction in the classroom that recognizes unique differences.
Children’s experiences shape their individual motivation and approaches to learning.
Each child has an opportunity to work in a variety of high interest centers using an assortment of materials.
Peace follows the fundamental principles of Active Learning. Active Learning is an approach to instruction that involves actively engaging students with the course material through discussions, problem solving, role playing and other methods.