The preschool years are characterized by interdependence and mastery. After establishing a separate identity, preschoolers begin to gain control over their environment and struggle to learn new tasks. They become more aware of their abilities, such as speaking, reasoning, dressing, feeding and using the toilet. With teachers' guidance and through the use of interactive, hands-on 'centers' children begin to learn independence, problem solving, how to take turns, sharing, making friends and playing cooperatively. Our preschool curriculum is designed to encourage the children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, all in a creative, fundamental way. In the writing and reading centers, recognition of shapes, letters, numbers and counting, as well as basic math, is learned. The Patch’s writing center helps the children to become enthusiastic and self-improving writers and readers. Outdoor play, music and movement, blocks and exercise are all developed to promote gross motor movement. The use of table toys, manipulative toys, games puzzles, beading and art are all designed to focus on fine motor skills, as well as reinforcing cognitive development. Social and emotional development are crucial in a preschooler’s development, and our dramatic play, circle time and block areas all promote interaction between the children. Problem solving skills are also refined and developed with teacher participation. Our goal is to provide a foundation for an easy transition to kindergarten; we strive to make sure that each child will have all the basic skills to achieve success.