"Joy, feeling one's own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.
- Maria Montessori
We use a child-centered and teacher-guided approach to learning that provides social skill development, outdoor play & exploration. Themes are introduced each month to guide children in exploring new topics. In addition, students are invited to play and explore through art, STEM activities, sensory stations, the outdoor kitchen, and our large garden space. Our mixed-aged classroom allows children to learn and develop at their own pace. The younger children are guided by their older peers and older children build skills and confidence by helping others. We use games and music to help children develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as introduce them to letter and number concepts. Children play outside each day, rain or shine, to interact with the soil, plants and animals. We feed the chickens, tend the garden, and make snacks from the garden when our food is ready to harvest. We use the Second Step social emotional curriculum to teach skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, forming friendships, and problem solving.
Our multi-age program runs Monday-Thursday 9a-1p for ages 3-5. Families may choose either a two or four day per week schedule.
9-9:40a Morning Center Choice
9:40-10a Movement & Morning Circle
10-11:15a Snack & Outdoor Play
11:15-11:30a Social Emotional Learning
11:30-12p Group Activity (art, garden, science)
12-12:50p Lunch & Outdoor Play
12:50-1p Clean Up & Dismissal