The Neighborhood Playgarden curriculum is a play based, non-academic approach to developing skills designed to provide a firm foundation for later academic success. Here your child can develop feelings of security, accomplishment, and self-esteem while living the daily and weekly rhythms that are woven into the cycle of the year.
Daily your child is nurtured by free play and structured activities. On any given day, we may enjoy singing, movement, art, stories, gardening and animal care, and lots of outside time.
Weekly we enjoy arts and crafts, coloring, baking, household tasks, and hikes and excursions to nature spots throughout our urban environment.
Throughout the year we celebrate life with seasonal festivals, family camping and community gatherings. Together we work to improve the school grounds and gardens. Parents are encouraged to share their skills and passions with us.
The young child’s senses are open and receptive to every element in their environment. All the senses have been taken into account so that we can enjoy a space that is a pleasure to play in for the children and a pleasure to work in for the teachers.
Open areas are provided for groups of children to gather and smaller spaces are set aside where one or two can play quietly.
Inside, the children’s creative imaginations are complemented by wooden blocks and toys, a rainbow of play clothes and handmade dolls, vivid beeswax crayons, and books.
Outdoors, the childrens rich imaginative lives come alive in a secure play yard. A sand area is seeded with hidden ‘treasures’ to excavate. Children have daily opportunities for working in the garden and caring for our bunny and chicken during outside play time. Our outside area also includes a woodworking area, creative messy art area, water tables and a large sandbox.
Our proximity to Kite Hill and the Corwin St. Garden lets us play in the neighborhood regularly. Our weekly nature hike provides plenty of opportunity for nature exploration.
Our teachers are caring adults dedicated to the well being and growth of each child. Each teacher has prepared for the important task of nurturing the growth of the next generation. This preparation includes Lifeways training and continuing courses in Waldorf education through Rudolf Steiner College as well as child development course offered through accredited colleges that qualify us to offer a Preschool For All program for our four year olds.
Parent participants take turns providing support for classroom activities and helping to ensure that each child is cared for in a homelike environment.