Our play-based curriculum is based on a child's natural instinct to learn through play and exploration. We provide the environment, materials, and encouragement that leads to their discoveries. Outdoor exploration is a key part of our curriculum, and our large garden, playground, and outdoor art space allows children to explore in a safe and beautiful natural environment. We explore our community and city by taking regular neighborhood walks and field trips.
- To help children become kind and caring participants in a world that includes everyone.
- To create the feeling that everyone is equally worthwhile.
- To focus attention on the whole child: social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.
- To begin to learn the life skills of cooperation, self-confidence, independence, responsibility, and respect for ourselves and each other.
- To stimulate natural curiosity.
- To encourage tolerance and diversity.
Activities and learning
- Socialization through play: sharing, taking turns, free choice, cooperation.
- Early Literacy: listening to stories, looking at books, discussions, drawing and writing.
- Math Experiences: use of manipulative materials, baking and cooking .
- Science: magnets, water and sand play, sensory explorations, gardening, animals, experiments.
- Creative Play: dress-up, movement, dramatic play, puppets
- Art and Music: painting, cutting, pasting, collage, singing, dancing, playing instruments.
- Physical: outdoor play, playground experiences, bikes, balls, nature hikes.
- Community: field trips, neighborhood walks, non-fiction picture books, discussions.