Learning Through Play
PIC programs allow plenty of time for play. Each morning begins, and each day ends, with unstructured time for free play. We believe learning through play sparks imaginations and helps children to think flexibly, explore options, work through differences, and learn to cooperate with others.
Research shows that children who engage in play are more creative, thoughtful, less aggressive, and exhibit more social skills and self-control. We believe that an early learning environment that focuses on play will help children develop the skills that lead to success in life: patience, empathy, perseverance, cooperation and self-sufficiency.
Activities in Infant classrooms revolve around the children’s needs for eating, napping and outdoor time. Playthings are accessible so that children are encouraged to explore their surroundings and seek out the toys and books that please them most.
In Toddler classrooms, the day becomes more structured with a morning Circle Time and activities that allow for group and individual play.
Preschool / Pre-K
Preschoolers practice independence and self-help skills as they move through well-defined learning areas – building blocks, playing counting games, imagining scenarios with dress-up clothes, or just plopping down on pillows to enjoy a book with friends.
School Age Programs
Free play is an important part of the day for children enrolled in PIC’s after school or summer camp programs. As schools focus more on testing and academic assignments, the opportunity for children to exercise their minds and their muscles in creative ways is more critical than ever.