Family is at the core of our philosophy and its operation as a parent-run cooperative. We seek to integrate home with the early school experience. A parent board administers the school, parents participate regularly in the classroom as assistants to the professional staff and parent education workshops are offered several times each year.
For the 3 and 4 year old children our morning begins at 9:00 am on the playground. Around 9:50 am we head inside in our gathering groups, wash hands and have a small group time with the gathering teacher where we sing, listen to stories or play group games. Then we have a snack in our gathering groups. This is followed by open center time where the children may choose from a variety of activities including dramatic play, blocks, sand and water play and listening center. An art, science, cooking or woodworking activity are planned daily. Following center time we clean up and head back to our gathering groups for a short circle time and then return to the playground by 11:50 am for pick up. We offer a lunch bunch option from 12 to 1 pm where the children play outside, listen to a story and then eat lunch together.