P1040860At this age, children begin to display autonomy over their environment and learning experiences.  During free play children can choose from a variety of centers, (dramatic play, blocks, science, arts and crafts, etc) to achieve age appropriate milestones.  Teachers interact with children during this time of “learning through play” encouraging and challenging them to think and talk about their discoveries.  Individualized skill development becomes a greater focus at this stage of development as well.  Teachers begin to incorporate activities focusing on reading and math readiness skills, listening and following directions, and problem solving into daily lesson plans.  Outdoors, children experience nature and develop necessary physical benchmarks as they explore our spacious playground.