We use the Creative Curriculum for Infant, Toddlers, and Twos, and Creative Curriculum for Preschool as our core curriculum. The Creative Curriculum is a play-based curriculum which blends some of the leading educational theories of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Gardner. Implementing the Creative Curriculum entails organizing classrooms into a variety of play-based learning centers (Toys & Games, Discovery, Sand & Water, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Art, Cooking, & Library). Children are free to rotate in and out of centers throughout the program day and engage with teachers and peers as they explore and inquire within the classroom environment.
Supplementary Curricula that we employ are Handwriting Without Tears (ages 3 and older), Phonics Lessons by Fountas and Pinnell (Pre-K), and Calendar Math (Pre-K).
For Language Arts, we use the Phonics Lessons curriculum by Pinnell & Fountas, supported by the Bob Books readers, as well the Handwriting Without Tears for handwriting.
These three curricula create a balanced approach to beginning language and literacy instruction. Phonics Lessons is a Language and Word Study Curriculum that guides students through purposeful mini-lessons in Early Literacy Concepts, Phonological Awareness, Letter Knowledge, Letter-Sound Relationships, Spelling Patterns, Word Meaning, Word Structure, and Word-Solving Strategies. When they are ready, The Bob Books Series is a perfect supplement to this enriching curriculum for our beginning readers. Through Handwriting Without Tears, children follow a specific scope and sequence engage in multi-sensory handwriting activities that build fine motor skills and other important handwriting development skills.
For Math, we employ the Every Day Math® Calendar Math Curriculum. Calendar Math makes use of a daily calendar routine to introduce children to beginning math concepts including place value, measurement, and problem solving. Children enjoy interactive mini-lessons in whole group settings and games and activities with partners and small groups.
Discipline Philosophy: Positive Redirection
We believe in the use of choices within limits. We do not believe in time out, or "thinking chairs" or any other punitive isolation. We walk children through their choices and help them to make better choices, or to learn natural consequences.
Garden and Nutrition
We are what we eat, and we reap what we sow. We provide only local and organic food, with none of the nasty transfats or high-fructose corn syrup or other high sugar items. Children learn early that we must care for our bodies and our earth. Our children grow vegetables in our organic garden, and our families take them home to eat.