Children between age three and four are sprouting up into young people with wide-eyes and a curious vocabulary. The emphasis in this program is to nurture the connection between home and school, socially adjust, and learn in an environment planned to encourage discovery, independence, the imagination, and social interaction.
In order to develop confidence and self-regulation, children are encouraged to help themselves, take initiative, and become increasingly independent. Children explore and work in large groups, small groups, and independently of one another through a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. Our classes are limited to twelve students in a class.
The encouragement of each child’s natural curiosity and interest is important at this developmental age. Therefore, children actively participate and co-create in the learning process through the many opportunities to learn by doing and through playing. The day unfolds with a diverse variety of ways to explore learning centers, practice listening skills, fine and gross motor skills, and to express and regulate emotions.
Students enjoy a variety of choices in the classroom, the garden, and the outdoor classroom. Our rich environment includes STEM centers, visits to the tinker-lab, sand and water play, dramatic play, art, blocks and erector building sets, a nature station, music, gardening, yoga, animal encounters and helping to care for our school animals.