The always active, always learning school
We have a saying at Seven Hills: Play is the child’s work in the pre-kindergarten class. That’s because it’s through play that children gain experience in using symbols to represent objects, ideas, and situations not present in their immediate time and place. And it’s been widely proven through research that the development of abstract, symbolic thought at this age readies the brain for more advanced concepts like reading, writing, mathematics, problem solving, creative thinking, and social development.
Of course, our students' “play” is carefully designed, set into motion, and guided by our highly trained and dedicated teachers. So what might appear to be “just playing” on a casual stroll through one of our pre-k classrooms actually represents a great deal of collaborative planning, creative thinking, and fine-tuning depending on the needs of each particular class.
In their first experience of school, Seven Hills’ youngest students discover that learning is great fun, because it feels like playing but it also satisfies their desire to know more about the world around them. That gets them ready to be strong learners. It’s a model that informs all we do at Seven Hills. Curiosity drives inquiry. Imagination fuels exploration. And the fun of learning lays the groundwork for strong academic mastery in the years to come.