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Helping Hands Family School

309 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915

Phone:
(207) 930-5311

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is our mission to provide a fun, creative, loving and safe environment for our students. We strive to stimulate your child's intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development.
We strive to provide families with a high quality child care option. Our school is also a place of learning and strives to incorporate both traditional preschool areas of study while remaining dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and using the Montessori Method.
We team with parents to develop children's independence, self–confidence, and love of learning. We encourage our students to become responsible citizens of our world, and to respect all living things that share our planet.
Our caregivers are inspired to evolve and grow as teachers of children in a peaceful world, and we support them in their daily efforts to love and nurture every child.
Together we work to create a place where everyone can grow and feel respected and accepted. At Helping Hands Family School, we believe that childhood should be a journey, not a race. Each one of us has something to learn and something to teach, and this process is never-ending.

A Typical Day

OUR DAILY RHYTHM
Arrival - Free Play – Greeting one another
Morning Circle - Fingerplays ~ Songs ~ Movement
Healthy Snack
Work & Play Time
Nature Walk - Outdoor Play
Eat Lunch Family Style (Outdoors in Nice Weather)
Story time/Quiet Music
Rest Time/ Four and Five year old program
Wake - Wash Up - Bathroom/Diapers
Free Play Indoors or Outdoors
Dismissal ~ Saying farewell to friends

*Each child will follow his or her own schedule. Eat when hungry, sleep when tired, use the bathroom when needed, and play when playful. The above is a simple outline of a general day.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Seasonal newsletters are distributed, weekly emails, weekly posts on-line blog for school, individual daily notes, wipe board displayed in entry way to school telling reminders, events, etc. In addition to all of this parent teacher conferences happen yearly and phone communication is encouraged.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Communication is the key to a successful separation. As a parent of three children, I understand how important trust is and how if the parent does not feel comfortable than their child will not either. From Open House to pre-school visits, I encourage parents to come and play! Should a child have difficulty, I would keep in communication with that child's parents and we would discuss and decide on ways to assist the child together.