The social dance of three year olds is unmatched by other age. “You’re my friend, you’re not my friend” are common phrases in the preschool room, often heard within a moment of each other. At this critical period for social relationships, when play turns from parallel to cooperative, preschool age children are at a prime development level for moral development. When they begin to understand the value of friends, they can also understand what it means to BE a friend. Our developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum includes not only a strong but play-based introduction to academic concepts (alphabetic principle, phonetic awareness, early mathematics, and life and earth sciences) but also a moral component that introduces children to concepts like honesty and respect. Lessons are fun and the children experience a balance of both child-directed play experiences where they can practice their social dances and teacher-directed, objective-based learning experiences taught by educated teachers in small groups. Art activities continue to focus on process and experimenting with a variety of materials, mediums, and textures. Daily music time includes a unique, language building movement curriculum. A huge dramatic play center changes weekly, and encourages preschoolers to engage in unique imaginative, role-play experiences like Dentist’s office, grocery store, picnic, and vacation just to name a few. The room is filled with bright colors, interesting photographs, and dozens of theme-related books (rhyming, non-fiction, ABC, picture, books on tape…) enveloping preschoolers in an enriching, inspiring environment ripe for learning.