Whether you need quality child care or are looking for enrichment opportunities for your child, we offer several program options to fit your needs.
Ask about our early drop-off option!
*This includes a morning work period, snack, outside work period, and lunch (brought from home).
Our curriculum focuses on building skills for:
*independence and self-care
*successful conflict resolution/problem solving
*developing strong bodies through exercise and healthy eating habits
*grace and courtesy/social interactions
*literacy and math fundamentals, art and music
*conservation and appreciation of nature, with lots of time spent outside in all kinds of weather
*focusing the child's natural curiosity to help create thoughtful, life-long learners.
What is a Work Period?
A work period is block of time in which children choose from a variety of prepared activities and are allowed to concentrate without interruption or interference. Many group activities spontaneously arise, such as dancing with scarves, a musical concert, or a dramatic reading, and are guided by the children. There is much negotiation, problem-solving, socializing, and peer help. During this time, the adult is carefully observing and documenting, introducing new work, reading aloud, or participating in group shenanigans.
Why Such an Age Range?
In a mixed-age group, there are novices, practicers, and masters of an amazing number of skills. Children turn to each other for help, thus getting peer support, and the master of the skill solidifies knowledge by having to organize thoughts and actions in order to explain it to a friend.
How About Toilet Training?
We do take children still in diapers and are happy to support the transition to the toilet when it is determined that the child is interested. This transition can actually be much easier in a group setting thanks to the positive influences of peer modeling.
What Will Children Be Doing?
Because we strive to "follow the child", every day is different, within the security of the familiar routine. We do not follow a themed book of lesson plans. The child is the guide, with happiness and satisfaction being the measure of success. Curriculum is integrated, meaning that there is math and literacy skills practice happening all day, be it at the snack table, outside, or sitting down with more specialized materials. Science curriculum manifests as we prepare snack and compost our fruit and veggie bits, thus inviting conversation about environmental concerns, where food comes from, where garbage goes, how soil gets made, and the list goes on. There are lots of books, music, poetry and rhymes, dressing up, building, water play, jumping, tumbling, drawing, painting, clay and homemade playdough. There are also Traditional Montessori exercises where children refine their skills for discriminating with the senses: scent jars, color shading, heavy/light, broad/narrow, thick/thin, tall/short, sound cylinders, food tastings. Children often help prepare snack by washing, peeling, and cutting fruit and veggies, making bread, making hummus, making butter.
And to top it all off, we spend LOTS of time outside in all kinds of weather, picking berries, observing insects, playing games, tending the garden, playing in the sandbox, climbing, and exploring the "wild" parts of the yard.