Early Childhood Curriculum
Our Early Childhood curriculum is designed for nursery and kindergarten age children. It is appropriate to the stage of development of the young child and promotes a reverence for nature, a joy in living and a sense of wonder about life.
Surrounding Children with Beauty
In our classrooms, we surround the child with beauty and simplicity. We provide a warm and loving place where children feel comfortable and at home. Special care is given to the selection of toys, the quality natural materials and the seasonal displays. The children’s play is open-ended and imaginative.
Promoting Healthy Development
During the first seven years of childhood, children are building up their physical bodies through large whole body movements such as crawling, running, skipping, balancing and swinging. These essential gross-motor movements support brain development and are foundational to executive function later in life. Throughout the year, children play outside every day in nearly all weather.
Developing the Imagination and Social Skills, and Preparing for Life-Long Learning
Stories are carefully chosen and presented to help nurture a child's developing imagination. We perform puppet plays with props or tell a story which help encourage the child to create their own inner pictures. This ability to form elaborate mental pictures support early language development and comprehension. Throughout the day, language development is enhanced through songs, verses and movement games. Learning is a whole body activity.
Learning through Imitation
During class the teacher engages in purposeful work, such as cooking, making crafts, tidying the room, baking bread or making soup. The children naturally imitate these activities by either joining in or assimilating them into their play thus learning the value of work.
Daily and Weekly Seasonal Classroom Rhythms
Through weekly routines (rhythms) at home and school, children are able to relax into a balance of activity, play and quiet time.
Sample Daily Rhythm
| Outdoor Play
Circle Time - songs, rhymes, movement
Indoor Activities - painting, baking, building, sewing