Children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 years are enrolled in Little Nursery. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate with their child, providing a comfortable support for the transition from home to school, which is sensitive to the child’s pace. As teachers model various problem-solving strategies, children are supported in their growing autonomy and self-expression. Teachers are available to support parents with the challenging issues that often arise during early years.
The program for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 year olds continues to provide attention to physical, social and emotional growth. Self expression and self empowerment are enhanced by supporting children’s choices for themselves. Teachers support children’s decision-making process in Morning Meeting and in individual problem- solving sessions. Teacher-led activities and classes are offered, while child-initiated activities are given equal support.
House Group children, ages 4 1/2 to 5 1/2, continue the work of self-regulation, while receiving support for understanding and expressing their feelings. Opportunities for vigorous physical activity continue and support for building of language arts and mathematical thinking skills are provided. Children are exposed to music, movement, art and science experientially.
Children of Primary Group are ages 5 1/2 to 7. Children create their own projects and plans; their interests are supported by teachers, who provide resources (books, field trips, guests, etc.) to enrich the environment. Relationships can be very intense at this age and teachers support social-emotional growth by carefully observing individual and group dynamics and providing support where needed.
Elementary & Upper Elementary
The oldest children in the school, 7 to 11 year olds, continue to perfect their communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. These skills, as well as academic prowess, are refined as children take on larger projects and tackle issues meaningful to them. Their activities range from child-organized team sports, plays, and the Spring Bazaar to fundraising for end-of-year trips and negotiating for new privileges. The Upper Elementary group sometimes mentor younger children and peers, or work closely with an adult on complex individual projects.