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Seeds Of Joy Village Early Childhood Nature Program

2427 Pacific Coast Highway
Lomita, CA 90717

Phone:
(310) 844-7395

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Seeds of Joy integrates Wisdom from the fields of Positive Psychology, Attachment / Peaceful Parenting, Waldorf Arts Education, Mindfulness and Neuroscience. Our mission is to nurture joy and intelligence: individually, in the family and within the local and global community. We are connected by the wonder of humanity and exemplify peace in every action.

Surrounded by 11 acres of nature in Redondo Beach, Seeds of Joy children do not play on cement but instead ground their feet in the grass with the smell of pine trees and hear the whisperings of the nearby creek. The heart of our curriculum is nature and arts based and invites the parents and caregivers to learn along with the children through family enrichment classes. Inspiration comes from leaders in child advocacy and positive psychology such as Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, Dr. Dan Seigel, Peggy O’Mara, Robin Grille, Alfie Kohn, Rudolph Steiner, Joseph Chilton Pearce, Naomi Aldort and Dr. Murray Strauss. Leaders of Peace, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., also guide SOJ.

A Typical Day

We begin each day with a walk through our amazing Wilderness Park. This is followed by inside free play, during which we participate in many different activities ranging from cooking and cleaning to painting and sewing. We then come together for a circle time which takes us on an adventure through songs, rhymes, movement and music helping to strengthen core pre academic skills. After circle we journey outside for free play which includes building forts, finding bugs, taking care of our garden, chalk drawing, shoveling and other adventures. When we return to our room we enjoy the ancient art of oral storytelling sometimes accompanied by simple puppets or children acting out parts of the story as it's told. We then sit down for a family style lunch, sharing stories, jokes and adventures as we eat together. After lunch we wash our dishes and clean our hands and faces with warm lavendar cloths before snuggling in for a rest. Teachers sing, play the pentatonic lyre and tell nature stories while children drift off to sleep or enjoy a back rub. A light snack awaits as we slowly wake up and put away our bedding and children choose simple activities while waiting for parents to arrive.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up