Alaya believes that the nature and style of the learning process is as important as what is learned. Young children learn primarily through their senses and their bodies. Our emphasis is on social skills, language skills, and on emotional and physical growth and well-being. Activities include block-building, cooking, art (painting, clay, collage, sculpting, weaving, puppetry), dramatic and fantasy play, sand and water play, games and puzzles, stories, music (singing, movement and instruments), gardening, nature exploring, yoga and outdoor play. Within Alaya’s homelike and nurturing environment, children are able to observe, experience and participate in simple, basic living (life) experiences: relationships, helping, sharing, preparing food, cleaning up, and caring for plants and animals.