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Harmony Preschool

3990 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80304

(303) 444-8452


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We choose to combine phosophies, creating a special and unique atmosphere for growth. Because young children learn best through sensory experiances and actions, we encourage children to manipulate, experiance and create. Children are then able to dfevelop a personal meaning through their own application of what they have learned. Harmony offers children oppertunities to participate in imagintive play, creative dramatics, cooking classes, art, music, Spanish, yoga, motor skill development and opertunities to learn and practice social skills.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • a lot of Montesori matierals
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • we have a huge inventory of matierials, activites and games to foster math skills
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • 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.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught yoga, sign language, cooking, crafts, science

From the Director:

At Harmony, we give careful thought to the thematic units we select for the school year. We then begin to set up and prepare the classroom to meet the individual needs of our students. Additionally, as an accreditted school we are required to plan lessons in conjunction with our daily schedule that allow for the children to become self directed 50 % of the time. The foundation of our teaching approach is to honor each child's needs, to teach them they can trust us, their piers and the envourmment. When chilodren feel loved, honored, valued and supported they can do anything!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Harmony we facilitate the needs of each individual child. Additionally our mixed age group supports each child's abilities, strenghts and weeknesses. In a mixed age group you'll always find children that excell and others that need help in a specific area. But because of our mixded age children don't feel left out or bored. It's a wonderful way to learn and the way the real world opperates.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Harmony, we believe children grow and develop valuable skills when their classroom experiences are geared to their natural level of development. We accommodate the uniqueness of young children using a developmentally appropriate curriculum and learning materials for each individual child.

At Harmony, we avoid adhering to only one philosophy and instead choose to combine several philosophies, thus creating a special and unique atmosphere for each childâ??s individual growth. Knowing that young children learn best through sensory experiences and actions, we encourage children to manipulate, explore, and create. Children are then able to develop a personal meaning through their own application of what they have learned.

A Typical Day

8:30 - 9:00 Arrival, Free Choice Time
9:00 - 9:30 Morning Gathering
9:30-10:00 Small Groups with Snack Time 10:00-10:40 Work Time
10:40-10:45 Clean Up
10:45-11:15 Outside Time
11:15-11:30 Group Time
11:30-12:00 Lunch Time Packed lunch
12:00- 1:00 Outside Time
1:00 â?? 1:45 Rest and Story Time
1:00 â?? 3:00 Nap Time (for nappers)
2:00 â?? 2:20 Group time: Spanish, Cooking, Yoga, Science, Sign Language
2:20 â?? 3:00 Work Time
3:00 â?? 3:30 Group Time/ Outside Play


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on