*We are strictly an educational Preschool/Enrichment Program.
We do not offer stand-alone child care services at this time.
Our cozy vintage brick rancher sits on ½ acre of suburban homestead including large flat grassy play areas, a large blacktop area (perfect for sidewalk chalk, outdoor bowling t-ball and more!) a covered outdoor patio, water table, a large vegetable garden, pumpkin patch, an herb garden, as well as wildflower gardens, butterfly garden, and a small wooded area with a path off the back of the property, perfect for outdoor activities, nature study & other exploration.
Our smoke and pet-free indoor schoolroom consists of a designated child-proof play/learning area with a large picture window, an art activity area, a book nook, and a bathroom. Living, kitchen and office/storage spaces are securely locked/blocked off and not accessible when classes are in session.
Two independent educators with more than 20 years experience, are working with a network of professionals and advisors to create a unique child-centered, enriching, home-based learning experience for children age 3- 5.
Like the petals of a pinwheel, our 7 Subject areas align with developmental standards and help move & shape our program activities so children are naturally encouraged to be curious, explore and discover in a fun & free manner. Each petal/subject, is presented as games, stories art projects, and guided free play, and works with the others to support and enrich the whole child.
Integrative Sensory Play is vitally important for all children under 7 years of age, to develop physical, emotional and cognitive health, and is the cornerstone of all of our program and activities. Self-control, self-calming, a thoughtful & curious demeanor, and the ability to concentrate are necessary skills that children (and adults) need in order to be able to communicate their ideas and needs, navigate stressful events, listen to and learn from peers and adults, create or build things, and concentrate long enough for a project or task to be finished to completion. We nurture these skills through a variety of games and activities designed specifically to stimulate and integrate the 9 main senses: (sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, vestibular/balance, proprioception/body awareness, interception/hunger, temperature/pain).
After the senses are integrated, spoken language, (speaking and listening), letter and word recognition as well as writing skills assist children with every other aspect of learning and living. Strong communication skills build confidence and self-reliance to explore math, science, the arts, ideas, books, activities, places (real or imaginary), animals, wildlife, and even people, that are interesting to them.
Health is the state of being free from illness or injury. Wellness is forming and practicing healthy habits regularly in order to remain in the best physical, mental and emotional health possible, allowing children to thrive. When kids form essential essential wellness habits early, it helps them stay healthy and thrive for their entire lives. We reinforce these types of healthy habits daily so that children can understand how to be healthy & strong in their body, feel calm & safe in their minds and be curious & happy in their emotions.
There are so many essential life skills that are developed over time, and we "help children do it themselves" when age-appropriate so that they can learn how to be independent and gain the confidence they need in self-care, caring for others and necessary life skills. Examples might be dressing, hanging up their coat, tying their own shoes, helping clean up toys, setting the table for lunch or snack, caring for pets, learning how to use a basic (kid-size) tools, tie knots, plant food, how to fish, etc.
Social Skills are one of the most important skills your child can learn as they are an indicator of a child's future success, but also are the most complicated of all the skills your child will attempt to learn, which is why sensory input , (which helps cognitive development), is emphasized first. A child who cannot self-regulate or articulate how he/she is feeling, will have a very difficult time understanding and learning the many levels and nuances of social interactions. We begin by introducing & reinforcing simple concepts like speaking up, telling the truth, taking turns, saying please and thank you and working together and pair these incidental lessons with language skills that help build confidence, friendships, relationships and more complicated skills within the context of a family, classroom or team.
One purpose of including history and social studies in the early childhood curriculum is to help children to acquire knowledge & skills related to community life. Skills such as telling time, learning to cooperate, share, and honor classroom rules are all the building blocks of learning about our society, group decision making and introduction to civics. Learning about holidays, our flag, maps and globes, location and direction, helps to form a basis for exploring and understanding the people and communities around them. But these broader concepts all begin with learning about themselves and their families, then neighbors, community helpers, school , city, state and country, which can be facilitated through dramatic play, games and other creative methods.
Young children learn by physically interacting with the world around them, including direct experiences with nature. Richard Louv , author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, states that disconnect from the natural world has produced ill effects in the minds and bodies of our children. He says, "We should not think of a child's experience in nature as an extracurricular activity. It should be thought of as vital to children's health and development." Research suggests that we have an affinity for the natural world and our connection to nature is biologically innate. When children (and adults) are separated from nature, they can suffer depression, obesity, attention deficit disorder and even vitamin deficiencies. But kids who have direct access to nature on a regular and daily basis, experience more integrated senses, less stress, better relationships and expanded learning. Our program incorporates learning about our natural world, engaging in fun nature-based activities (such as planing vegetables and flowers) and playing/learning outdoors in the fresh air, sunshine and even the rain and snow as much as possible.
In a world where we are driven to produce, perform and produce and perform some more, creative arts allow an emphasis to be placed on the process rather than the product. Creative Intelligence is recognized in Howard Howard Gardner's theory of multiple Intelligences and is another important piece in educating the whole child.. Creativity is often viewed as a trait that is inherent, intuitive and cannot be taught; but studies have shown that if children are given open-ended opportunities to engage their imagination through storytelling, art, dance, drama, puppetry, and music it can help them to cultivate their abilities across every other domain, encouraging exploration, expression and flexibility of the mind. Our curriculum incorporates many forms of art-visual, verbal, musical and performing, so that this aspect can be explored and developed in a natural and fun manner.