Creative play, puppet storytelling, circle time, practical and artistic activities balance free, creative expression of your child within this sweet, gentle, first group experience. We work with natural materials for a true education of the senses, in a warm home-like setting.
Each day has a dependable structure with outdoor and indoor creative play, baking or cooking, gardening, painting, drawing and beeswax modeling, nature activities, circle time, a wholesome snack, storytelling and puppetry.
Rhythms of the day, week and seasons help your child gain a secure relationship to the world. This helps children during transitions and with what is perhaps their first consistent separation from home.
Each day will become known to the children, not by the day of the week, which carries little meaning to them, but by the activities that are done that day, such as “bread day” or “painting day”.
Like in our kindergarten, the children enjoy longer days outside during milder Florida winters, with a fire pit for chillier mornings.
Patience and attentive support is provided during transitions such as hand washing, taking shoes off or putting them on, and preparing to go inside. This supports each individual child’s development and fosters eventual independence.
Young children in our Nursery program are typically 3 to 4 years old.
A typical day in the Seahorse Pre-Kindergarten class goes as follows:
8:15 – 8:30 : Children arrive at the play garden
8:40 : Gate closes for circle time
8:40 – 9:00 : Circle time
9:00 – 9:45 : Outside free play and food preparation at picnic tables (cutting fruit and vegetables; making bread)
9:45 – 10:00: Tidy time and walk over to the bathrooms
10:00 -10:15: Bathroom turn and washing hands
10:15 -10:45: Share meal outside in the courtyard
10:45 -10:55: Clean up the tables; walk over to the classroom; wash feet (summer) and put on slippers
10:55 -11:15: Activity of the day / Projects
11:15 -11:50: Indoor free play
11:50 -12:00: Tidy time
12:00 -12:10: Puppet-play / Story-time
12:10 -12:15: Good-bye circle
12:15 -12:30: Children put shoes on and get ready to go home
Little Siesta is available to Early Childhood students from 12:30-2:30 pm Monday through Friday at an additional cost.