Roots and Wings

Community Preschool

January 22, 2018Roots & Wings Community Preschool
3703 International Way
Medford, OR 97504

Roots & Wings Community Preschool Philosophy

Roots & Wings Community Preschool recognizes the uniqueness of each child and their own individual approach to learning. Each child arrives at our school with different abilities, family and cultural backgrounds, and interests that are considered when planning curriculum. Our curriculum, which is a plan for learning, engages the whole child; Body, Heart and Mind, and proceeds from the developmental abilities and needs of young children. Our Play, Love and Work Model recognizes significant human dispositions and inclinations that change and grow over the life span. At Roots and Wings reflective and caring teachers are present to help young children expand their thinking and to support learning as children discover connections between people, objects, and circumstances. Learning at Roots & Wings is an experience-rich developmental process.


1. Play: Research and evidence informs us that play is the dominant motivational drive behind children’s learning. According to Dr. David Elkind, Professor of Child Development at Tufts University, “Play is our need to adapt the world to ourselves, and create new learning experiences”. A child’s play is based on their natural inclination to explore things not yet known or understood. Play is the child’s means of learning and expanding skills. Play emerges in relation to the dispositions of love and work.

2. Love: “Loving is our disposition to express our desires, feelings and emotions (Elkind. 2007). Children have a natural inclination to explore what they find enjoyable and interesting. Interest keeps them engaged for long periods of time, expanding their experiences and skills. The disposition to be a life-long learner begins in the early years and enables children to build emotional connections between themselves, others, and the world around them. Children develop their sense of belonging through interactions with people they love, places they enjoy, and by engaging in activities that are meaningful and bring personal satisfaction. In time, children will want to include others in their activities and play, which increases understanding of community and interconnectedness. A child’s home is their first community.

3. Work: Through work, we adapt to the demands of both the physical world and the social. When adults put forth a great deal of energy we tend to call it exercise or work. Children put forth the same amount of physical and emotional energy in their explorations and learning. We call it play. For children, the disposition to persevere at something is interconnected with their natural inclination to play, desire to find pleasure in what they do and their personal sense of accomplishment. Although work may be challenging, it can also be enjoyable, especially when children understand its relevance in their lives and in the lives of those they love. In time children begin to see their contributions as beneficial to others. The value of work is not only a message, but a valuable gift, that with time and experience our children can grow to fully understand.


Discovering relevance about how a person’s life fits into the life of someone else and vice versa, is a task not yet realized in the early childhood years. Over time, through relevant experiences, children grow to understand their own intelligence and uniqueness. At Roots & Wings Community Preschool we provide opportunities for young children to expand their thinking and create new learning experiences as they build connections with materials and others.

Play: How children express their awe, discovery, wonder, and joy in the world around them.

Love: How children connect to their own emotional, social, and physical well-being; their environment; and with others.

Work: How children come to value their efforts, contribute to their own well-being, and that of others.

In the early years it is expected that young children become motivated to learn through their play, finding enjoyment in their personal discoveries and find a willingness to work hard as they explore materials and environments specifically designed for this developmental stage.

For more information on Play, Love and Work:

The Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children by David Elkind, Ph. D. Author of the best-selling classic “The Hurried Child” and many other publications.