The foundation years from 0 – 6 years old are a critical period in the development of a child’s life. During this time, a child’s attitude about the world takes root.
Our job is to carefully nurture qualities of curiosity, sensory awareness, concentration, and compassion so that the children may feel a deep sense of acceptance towards themselves.
By focusing on mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of development, we foster the child’s cognitive and physical growth while strengthening the inner qualities of love, kindness and joy. In this way, the children naturally develop a sense of inner happiness and success.
The small classroom environment encourages a sense of wonder, gratitude and reverence for all life. An atmosphere of harmony and joy is brought to the classroom through daily rhythms, celebrations, and yearly events. Each child is encouraged to develop a balanced and healthy imagination. Through the practice of concentration, visualization, cheerfulness, and a serviceful attitude, the children expand their sympathies beyond their little selves and learn to recognize the highest qualities in themselves and one another.
The rhythmical structure of our classroom day provides a solid holistic framework for our classroom students.
- Awaken Enthusiasm – We welcome the arrival of our children with songs and blessings to greet each day. In our morning routine the children participate in circle games, French greetings, stories, puppetry, dance, movement and our morning responsibilities.
- Focused Attention – Our open activity time can include: daily station projects, playdough, dramatizations, writing, drawing, letter stories, games, science, art, painting and cooking.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays morning yoga.
- Drama on Thursdays with Miss Kathy.
- Music on Fridays with Steve Bonnell.
- Monday afternoon French with Miss Sabrina.
- Clean up song.
- Centering circle time can include: singing, deep breathing, reviewing and transitioning for lunch.
- Hall poem and bathroom visits.
- Lunch time.
- Additional story time is the last ten minutes of lunch so the children can finish their lunch while a story is read by one of the teachers.
- Transitional time – afternoon daily responsibilities, washing dishes, watering plants, sweeping, taking out our compost to the compost bin and putting away lunches. Tie shoes; get on coats, and preparing to explore the world in nature.
- Direct Experience from our morning themes – Outdoor play, Science and Sharing Nature with ChildrenTM activities.
- Shared Inspiration and “Go with Love” Farewell song.