Programs - Preschool
Preschool & Kindergarten
These are things we often hear when parents first see our early childhood classrooms. The warm, protective environment creates a secure base for children to explore the broader world and develop confidence. Our teachers create rooms with a feeling of warmth and simple beauty, filled with an abundance of natural objects that invite imagination and interaction through free play. This environment, together with the wondrous world of the outdoors, provides endless material for the important work of young children: play.
The structure and routines of both nursery and mixed-age kindergartens are largely the same, appropriately increasing the length or complexity of various activities or tasks as the children mature. Every day is infused with a predictable sequence; each week has its rotation of activities and each season embraces appropriate activities and celebrations – all of which are carefully crafted to provide a sense of security, confidence and delight: the very best atmosphere for healthy development and learning.
The children are active participants in all aspects of the day: welcoming friends as they build imaginary worlds together during free-play, measuring flour and kneading dough for bread or preparing vegetables for soup, setting the table and serving classmates at snack time, exploring color with wondrous liquid water colors, modeling with warm, sweet-smelling beeswax, learning stories, singing songs and playing partner games during circle time, working on a seasonal craft project. more >