Our program nurtures the whole child with activities that are designed to tap into the interests and developmental needs of each preschooler. Theme-based units centered on being a valued member of a community and a steward of the environment teach life lessons that encourage each child to be a citizen of the world. These units of study integrate language and math skills as well as, social studies, art, and science. We take advantage of our school’s surrounding habitats – fields, woods, streams, wetlands, pond, and working gardens – as learning centers. For instance, in one of our daily trips the class ventured out to gather handfuls of seeds from a variety of plants on campus and returned to the classroom to count, sort, and create patterns, as well as to learn about the purpose of seeds. In the end, some of these seeds were used to make natural collages, others were planted, and the remaining ones were saved for the hungry birds that come to our feeders in the winter. This activity is an example of how we incorporate a variety of topics – core academic subjects, cooperation, concern for others, to mention a few – while our children “play.” Our schedule also includes art, music, library, and physical education. In one sense we are a laboratory for preschoolers where every moment of the day is spent exploring, discovering, creating, and learning.
“We take advantage of our school’s surrounding habitats – fields, woods, streams, wetlands, pond, and working gardens – as learning centers.”