Since its founding thirty years ago, the Preschool campus of Phoenix Christian Preparatory School, formerly known as Light & Life Preschool, continues to be a wellspring of love, learning and exploration for young children from all across the Valley.
In a day and age when children spend increasing amounts of time in front of screens, Phoenix Christian Preschool addresses children’s desperate need to participate in a multitude of whole-body sensory experiences on a daily basis in order to develop strong bodies and minds. Students at PC Preschool are encouraged to learn and explore outside as teachers promote opportunities for active free play.
The outdoor classroom experience at PC Preschool was recently improved by parent and student volunteers who created recycled tire gardens outside using tires generously donated by Community Tire.
The children also painted bird houses and feeders that attract birds for the students to observe.
Wind chimes and a music wall made from repurposed pots, pans and musical instruments help develop awareness of rhythm and repetition, which will play a critical role in future comprehension of math and science.
An engineering wall will be added soon which will allow children to experiment with concepts such as motion, gravity, friction and design, and to practice problem solving and analytical skills.
The PC preschool teachers foster the importance of nutrition as the children actively participate in growing vegetables and herbs that will be used to make healthy snacks.
Recently, the preschool hosted a “playground paint-over” event to enhance the aesthetics of the outdoor classroom and create specific play spaces for the children to explore during their outdoor times.
The outdoor education project was funded by money raised from a yard sale organized by the parents and teachers, as well as through generous cash donations from the school community.
Phoenix Christian Preschool believes that the preschool years are critical for social and mental development, as well as an optimal time for children to learn through play.
For more information, please contact Lori Miller, Director of Early Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-265-7728.