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Preschool

Child-centered philosophy

"Each child is unique and the protagonist of his or her growth" (Loris Malaguzzi).

Young children arrive at preschool with joy, wonder, and motivation to make sense of their world. Our curriculum is centered in guided play, the give and take of a caring community, and a respect for student curiosity that encourages their questions and responses. In these ways students begin to make better sense of their world and their participation in it.

Reggio Emilia inspired: Teachers follow an approach that honors children's interests and questions and provides opportunities for exploration. By listening carefully to students, documenting daily their personal experience, discovery, and reaction, and helping interpret student activities and ideas, teachers shape learning. Teachers also guide the growth of community as they demonstrate kindness, model respect in resolving the inevitable conflicts, and encourage students to listen to each other.

Our students leave preschool motivated to learn, ready for kindergarten, with skills in math, science, literacy, and social competence -- but most importantly with confidence in themselves.

Learning: inside and out

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Program details

The preschool day is from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, which includes time for snack and lunch. Our mixed-age class is approximately 12 to 14 students on a given day with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher.

Enrollment options available:

Two mornings per week
Three mornings per week
Five mornings per week

We also offer an extended preschool day option from 12:30 to 3:00 PM each day that includes rest time, snack time, art activities, creative play, and outdoor discovery. At the end of each day teachers document, student by student, what has transpired and provide newsletters for parents to use for after school engagement and dinner conversation.

 Case study: planting the fall garden

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