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Play to learn

These days, many still think of preschool education as nothing but supervised play. Unknown to many, this primary education actually has lasting effects. 

“Well-designed preschool education programs produce long-term improvements in school success, including higher achievement test scores, lower rates of grade repetition and special education, and higher educational attainment,” W. Stephen Barnett, Ph.D. said in his 2008 research at the National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Hope Christian High School’s Preschool program teaches children cognitive skills and concepts as they participate in play activities
With this in mind, the non-sectarian church-related educational institution Hope Christian High School makes sure that children enrolled in its preschool program learn cognitive skills and concepts as they participate in play activities. 

Students planting monggo seeds 
Play experiences help in the development of young children’s big muscles and gross motor skills. Indoor and outdoor activities allow kids to learn cooperative playing, sharing, taking turns, and following rules and instructions among others. 

Children experience farm life during school field trips
Math and Science concepts are learned through manipulative materials, self-discovery and exploration of their environment. 

Educational Field Trips are also part of the curriculum to expose children to learning and discovery outside the classroom. For instance, children get to experience life on a farm and see farm animals up close. 

Collaborative building
Hope Christian High School’s Pre-School puts a strong emphasis on Christian values and follows an international curriculum. They have seven learning centers that use both English and Chinese instruction. They keep the teacher-student ratio small to be able to attend to the needs of individual students. In addition, the school boasts of fully air-conditioned classrooms and facilities, an outdoor playground and an indoor playroom, a gymnasium, and a daycare program. 

Topics: W. Stephen Barnett , Hope Christian High School , Preschool education , National Institute for Early Education Research Rutgers , State University of New Jersey
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