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Over the Rainbow - Nederland's Community Preschool

297 Highway 119
Nederland, CO 80466

(303) 258-0390


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Waldorf, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We believe that play is a natural and important activity that enhances development. The merits of play as a vehicle for imagination, discovery, invention, problem solving, emotional development, creativity, role playing and language development are limitless. Our teachers make it their priority to create an environment where each child has many choices and opportunities for creativity, communication and discovery. Children work through many 'real world' situations through play and many positive and negative feelings may be addressed through their dramatic play. Engaging, mediating and facilitating are goals of our teachers through experiential art projects, organic gardening, singing, storytelling, sensory and motor activities and LOTS of safe play!

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
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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  • 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

From the Director:

The teachers work closely with the Directors in the development of a curriculum designed to help each child meet their individual developmental goals by providing enriching, experiential learning experiences. A planned activity schedule incorporates weekly and monthly themes and is a building block for the process of building a structured day for the children. Educational activities and creative play time both contribute to the ideal balance in your child's development.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We offer an inclusive environment. Teachers individualize teaching and learning within the group context. Therapists come to the school to work with students both individually and in a group context.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a child-centered, community-based preschool, where everyone has a voice. We focus on building social skills, self-esteem, and independence, along with respect for the Earth. Through our strength-based curriculum, children learn life sills, math, literacy, environmental education, and science through hands-on experiences. Together, we investigate individual and group interests, through music, art, and culture. Our staff is educated, experienced, and loving.
Our environment, our literacy-based curriculum and experiential approach encourage our children to explore themselves through language, movement, science, art, math, dramatic play, and music. Through careful observation and interactions, our teachers cultivate and guide each child's cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and physical growth. We strive to provide a healthy, nurturing, peaceful, and respectful environment that guides our children each day.

A Typical Day

7:30-9:30: School Arrival, Self-Directed Play, Activities, Art, Sign in and Hand Washing with Parent
9:30-10:00: Learning Circle-Calendar, Weather, Seasons, Songs, Creative Movement, Finger Plays, Sharing
10:00-10:30: Personal Hygiene and Healthy Snack Time
10:30-11:00: Small Group Time
11:00-11:45: Outside Play and Gross Motor Activities
11:45-12:00: Personal Hygiene
12:00-12:30: Lunch
12:30: Morning Program Departure
12:30-12:45: Personal Hygiene and Individual Book Reading
12:45-1:00: Literacy Circle and Tea Time
1:00-2:45: Rest and Quiet Time/Soft Music
2:45-3:30: Wake Up, Clean Up, Personal Hygiene, Snack Time
3:30: Full Day Program Departure
3:30-5:30: Art/Sensory/Self-directed Play, Outside Play
5:30: Extended Day Program Departure, School Closes

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We offer Parent/Teacher Conferences twice a year. Weekly Highlights are posted and emailed to parents. We have email, a website, and use Facebook to communicate online. We offer parent education classes on different topics such as "Parenting Safe Children". We have open houses to invite community members into the school. We post community activities that families can attend. We collaborate with other schools and community businesses.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year