Puerta Abierta Preschool takes pride in offering children a play-based curriculum that enriches language skills and fosters emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development. Our classes are taught in a mixture of Spanish and English. The curriculum consists of—among other activities—story time (in Spanish and English), songs in Spanish, child-driven open play, art activities, and project-based math and science explorations.
Each classroom is set up with centers that stimulate learning through play; the concept of “learning through play” is a key goal of Puerta Abierta’s curriculum. The classroom centers include art, reading, writing, dramatic play, building and transportation, and so on. Children also make weekly visits to the school’s large lending library, where students self-select a Spanish, English, or bilingual book.
Children also explore themes chosen to fit student-expressed interests. Past units have included trees, buildings and construction, public transportation, and paper-making. These thematic units include many exciting projects. During the construction unit, for example, students built a kid-size house from the ground up, using a shipping palette for the foundation.
Puerta Abierta Preschool aspires to educate the whole child; therefore, our curriculum also includes plenty of time for important physical play. Through daily open play in the gymnasium or on the playground, children are given time to exercise their large motor skills while gaining exposure to large group interaction.