Our Preschool prepares children socially, emotionally and cognitively by using a play-based, emergent curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. We embrace Process Art and use the Preschool Learning Foundations published by the California Dept. of Ed. in ongoing assessment to ensure that all children are prepared for the transition to elementary school. Class placement is by age as of 12/1 of the current year. Our school year mirrors the TUSD calendar as much as possible. Children must be potty-trained, wearing underwear, able to take care of their own toileting needs.
Seeds Class - 2 years old by 9/1 of current school year
Our Seeds class is comprised of our youngest students. Children must be potty trained and able to attend to their own toileting needs. This class focuses on connection, social and emotional skills, and learning to work together as part of a preschool community. Fine & gross motor skills, literacy, the arts, number sense, developing empathy, and communication skills are all developed in this class. Emphasis is placed on developing self control, self help skills, patience and compassion. This classroom is centers based and includes include math/science, sensory, literacy, blocks/manipulatives, art, light table, dramatic play/housekeeping, music and more. This class is designed to build the solid first layer in the child's learning foundation.
Sprouts Class - 3 years old by 9/1 of current school year
The Sprouts class is comprised of children who are between 3 and 4 years old by 9/1. This class is for children who are not eligible to attend Kindergarten the following year. The Sprouts class focuses on social/emotional skills, self regulation, empathy, language arts, gross & fine motor skills, number sense, the arts, social science & science. Children arrive for the day and are given a choice of centers to work in. Provocations (activities) are set up at the centers by the teachers prior to the children's arrival. The provocations are planned based on the children's interests and are open ended, which means the learning can take many different directions and can be extended based on the children's ideas and skill levels. All provocations are designed to encourage critical thinking skills. Centers in this class include math/manipulative, science, sensory, literacy, blocks, art, light table, easel, fine motor, dramatic play/housekeeping, music and more
Sycamores & Sunflowers - 4 years old by 9/1 of the current year
These classes are for children who are eligible to attend Kindergarten the following school year. The Sunflowers and Sycamores focus on Kindergarten readiness, including writing, language, number sense, science, social science, visual and performing arts, music social/emotional skills, self regulation, empathy, gross & fine motor skills and more. Children arrive for the day and are given a choice of centers to work in. Provocations (activities) are set up at the centers by the teachers prior to the children's arrival. The provocations are planned based on the children's interests and are open ended, which means the learning can take many different directions and can be extended based on the children's ideas and skill levels. All provocations are designed to encourage critical thinking skills. Centers in this Pod include math/manipulative, science, sensory, writing, reading, blocks, art, light table, easel, fine motor, lego, dramatic play/housekeeping, class pet, several individual writing and fine motor centers, and more.
Our huge outdoor classroom is designed to engage and develop children's gross motor skills, love of nature and social/emotional health. Features of our outdoor classroom include our garden, water sensory table, materials sensory table, art, mud kitchen, bike path, basketball hoop, play equipment and a huge sand box with all the needed tools! Each class spends about an hour of the core time (9am - 12pm) outdoors.
In addition to art in the classroom, we also have our outdoor art studio where children are allowed to work on "process art" in any direction that their creativity takes them. Children make appointments during their morning meetings to work with our art teacher in small groups outside where they can be inspired to bring nature in to their art. Mediums include clay, wire, many different types of paint, charcoal, markers, chalk, pencils, beads, pens and all kinds of loose parts!
Summer Camps (2 1/2 through 6 years)
Our fun, weekly themed summer program is open during the summer months of June and July. Camp days are shorter than school days and generally have two choices of times, 9-12 or 9-2. This allows us to run camp without the requirement of having the children nap. Camp is a DEVICE FREE ZONE. Arts and crafts, water play, nature exploration, STEM activities and more ensure an active, stimulating environment for your child. Camp is a separate program from the school year program and a separate registration fee is required. Students who are registered for the upcoming school year, currently enrolled children, alumni and their siblings between 2.5 and 6 years are eligible to attend. Look for our summer camp schedule and registration in March or April of the current year.