Outdoor Play Space

'Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.'

~ Fred Rogers

Our playground is an interesting space.  It may look different from day to day depending on what the children have set up with our loose parts, which include tires, ramps, crates, logs, boxes, leaves and whatever else we can get our hands on.

We have an edible garden which the children help maintain and grow.  We have had success with carrots, sugar snap peas, apples, strawberries, mint, radishes, tomatoes and limes, and that's not only with growing them, but eating them too!  We also enjoy using what we grow to infuse our drinking water in the classrooms.

Our playground caters to children's gross motor development with trikes, monkey bars, a flip bar, a fireman's pole and a climbing tree.  Simply running, jumping, digging helps with a child's development too, which is why we value our outside time so much.

Our outside play time is not limited to gross motor development, however.  Fine motor activities like painting and beading may also be set up.   A large part of social development also happens here where either groups or partnerships of friends are formed.  Maybe even conflict will occur which is a very normal process of child development, without which we could not learn to resolve.

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2020/2021 Program with COVID-19 Protocols

Fall Session Dates:
September 9, 2020 to June 11, 2021

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $1497/month

Some of the considerations that informed this decision include:

  1. Class size: Maintaining the limit of 10 children per class, with the Bungalow (for ages 4.5+) limited to fewer children since the classroom is smaller than the other two classrooms.
  2. Dedicated teachers: Teachers will remain with their cohort for the duration of the school day to minimize other staff having to step in.
  3. Smaller teacher to student ratio: With smaller group sizes, children can expect more opportunities for one-on-one work with a teacher. The ratio will be 1:5 in the Garden and Sun Rooms, and will be 1:7 in the Bungalow.
  4. Accommodating our full-day families: Most of our families need a full-day schedule so offering a longer school day would work for the majority of families.
  5. Weekly staff meeting: We will have a shorter school day on Fridays so our staff can meet to connect over school news and curriculum planning. We plan to conduct socially-distanced staff meetings outdoors after the children are picked up from school.
  6. Robust health protocol and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing: Extra measures in place to keep everyone as healthy as possible.

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