"We believe that children are important and that their individual processes must be respected and valued. We believe that children learn experientially, by doing rather than being instructed. We are advocates for the child's right to move, to play, and to explore.
The family of Marin Day School is composed of students, parents, teachers and directors. We believe that children's knowledge of themselves and the world around them grows from significant pleasurable learning experiences. Marin Day School provides a way for each child to succeed in building skills and learning appropriate methods of interacting with peers and adults.
The children are exposed to a variety of activities, readiness materials and curriculum that are interesting and fun. The program is based on developmental enrichment activities. Children progress entirely at their own pace. Enthusiasm for learning, respect for oneself and others, and increased self confidence are the goals for each child.
One of the primary aspects of early childhood education is social development. The normal process of socialization occurs in relation to biological constituents, environmental conditions and prior experience. Our focus is to provide a way for the child to learn appropriate methods of interaction, develop a positive self image and a genuine enthusiasm for learning. We want every child to feel that Marin Day School is a fun, safe place and look forward to coming to school."
Extracted from the Marin Day Schools Web-Site.
"The Early Morning program consists of quiet, relaxed small group and individual activities. These include arts and crafts, stories and manipulative toys. A very special 'Welcome' is waiting for each child.
The School Day begins with 'Circle Time.' The children assemble for singing, rhythm band, sensory motor games, dance and sharing time. They learn to be attentive to others and have the opportunity to be participants as well as an audience. Circle time is an especially wonderful experience for all who participate.
The Morning and Afternoon programs are basically the same and include structured and non-structured class and activity times. The children are grouped developmentally, determined by where they feel most comfortable. The groups are based on socialization, emotional maturity, age, and level of acquired skills. The many processes involved in an activity foster language, motor and cognitive development. Teachers are aware of individual differences and provide special attention and curriculum whenever necessary. Outside times are scheduled periodically throughout the day. The children use outside time for group and individual activities. Gross motor skills and coordination are developed through use of outdoor climbing equipment, balance beams, wheel toys, sandbox, water table, and parachute. Teachers help the children work out social interactions, develop friendships and learn appropriate communication skills.
Late Afternoon programs are available to all students. During these times, educational games, and manipulative materials are provided. Teachers also present art activities, drama and music to stimulate the children's creativity. Children who remain at school for this time receive a great deal of individual attention."