Kindergarten

Play is the work of the young child; imitation is their special talent and natural way of learning. The kindergarten teacher creates an environment where natural beauty and reverence for life abound, bringing warmth, security and cooperation to the child’s world of constructive fantasy and imagination.

The teacher participates in practical and artistic activities which the children imitate–baking, painting, drawing, modelling and handcrafts in a weekly rhythm–coloring the work with seasonal moods and festival celebrations.

The children wholeheartedly reenact these guided activities in their free, creative play. With joy and devotion they express wonder for life and enthusiasm for work, building a strong bridge to later academic learning:

  • Songs and nursery rhymes cultivate intimacy with language building literacy skills;
  • Listening to stories, watching puppet shows and dramatic play strengthen the power of memory and imagination;
  • Counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for arithmetic and number skills;
  • Work activities develop coordination and the ability to concentrate;
  • Outdoor activities, including play and hiking, encourage healthy physical development and an appreciation of nature and seasonal changes.

Here the young child’s imagination is nourished and allowed to unfold, leading to an inner vitality out of which grows the capacity not only for dynamic and original thinking but also for creative and effective adult life.

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Each day we begin kindergarten with a reverent greeting.  Our intention is to create a safe space for children to play and grow in. Through our example we aim to give children a model of how to treat one another and the world around them.
A unique part of our program is our rich outdoor curriculum.  We spend about 70% of our time outside exploring and learning in nature. We have special destinations that we hike to daily including our school garden, a seasonal pond and wildcat canyon.
Our outdoor adventures help children cultivate a familiarity and love of the natural world.  Over the course of the year children experience the changing seasons and begin to develop a sensitivity to the subtle transformations in the landscapes around them.