The goals of the program at Lily Pad are based on the belief that children construct knowledge through active learning. We believe that young children have the innate desire to explore, ask questions, and problem solve and thrive best when:

  • Adults support and guide children’s natural inquisitiveness.
  • There are organized classroom environments and routines for active learning.
  • Climates for positive social interactions are established.
  • Key experiences for the children are based on language and literacy, mathematical understanding including classification, seriation, number, space, and time, creative expression, music, movement, social relations, and science.
  • Experiences are planned based on the children’s actions and interests.
  • There are daily small-group instructional times when teachers initiate learning experiences based on the children’s interests and development.