At Country Day Little School, learning takes place through play, activity, and imitation, rather than through the introduction of academic subjects. Children below grade-school age absorb everything from their environment. The teachers' purposefulness in the work of the preschool is imitated by the children, who display a similar purposefulness in their play, which is their means of relating to the world.
Because of the importance of the environment for the growing child, we place great emphasis on maintaining a beautiful classroom space. Our playthings are made of natural materials and are simple enough that the child's imagination is awakened by using them in many different ways. The exercise of healthy fantasy through creative play in the preschool years is an important seed, which will later flower into intellectual accomplishment.