Language & Literacy: Children will engage in conversation with their peers and teachers and will be encouraged to express their ideas and ask questions. Teachers will read aloud to children as well as guide children through creating their own stories and books. Our youngest learners will be introduced to sounds and word play through stories, songs and games. Children in our 3, 4 and 5 year old classrooms will use letters and letter concepts in writing their own names, recognizing and writing their friend’s names, creating signs and labels for creations and artwork as well as writing story books. Literacy concepts will be presented in a meaningful and natural way and the teachers will individualize their approach depending on the children’s interest and abilities.
Math: Our youngest learners will experience math by working with patterns both in the classroom and in nature, playing counting games and singing songs. In the 3, 4 and 5 year old classrooms, children will use math concepts in all aspects of their play: planning how many objects are needed so everyone can play, measuring and weighing ingredients for cooking projects, counting money and pricing items for bake sales and setting the table for lunch and snack. Patterns, sorting, and shapes as well as counting and simple addition and subtraction will be woven throughout the curriculum and used in a concrete, hands on way.
Business concept class: objects’ weight and balance; Why are my parents working? What is trading? What is money?
Science: Our classrooms are inspired by natural light and are filled with windows and skylights. Much of our day will be spent in nature, either in the garden or in the local parks. Children in all age groups will plant seeds and watch them grow, learn about weather concepts, and observe how our garden changes as the seasons change. Our materials allow children to experiment with concepts of light and reflection as well as color mixing. We will explore seasonal fruits and vegetables and prepare snacks and meals together as a community.
Social Studies: Social Studies begins with our youngest children learning about themselves and others, resolving conflicts, expressing their feelings, exploring their community, and interacting with positive behavior. Our 3, 4 and 5 year olds will engage in studies of the neighborhood, visiting local shops and restaurants and learning about what they do there. We will explore very basic business and economic concepts, such as “jobs” and “work” by interviewing neighborhood shopkeepers as well as our parents. The children will have jobs within their classroom to foster a sense of independence and community.