At the Maple Street School, we believe children's work is their play. Children construct their knowledge about the world through interaction with the people and materials in it. We value the development of a child's mind, body and spirit and we respond to the individual needs of each child. We facilitate each child's social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through child-initiated activities. At the Maple Street School, we are dedicated to stimulating the innate curiosity of each child and supporting emotional growth and expression. We encourage students to express personal feelings honestly and to deal respectfully with the feelings of others. We believe preschool is an extension of home, a place where each child is nurtured in a warm, caring atmosphere. The Maple Street School is a supportive environment where teachers help students feel safe to take risks that lead to true growth
Everyday is extraordinary. That is what's great about being three. We do begin the day with tabletop activities and parent good-bye rituals, such as reading a story. We then have circle time where we talk about the day's plan, and we sing and jump in the circle. After that some groups go outdoors while others have choice time. During choice time, we do projects such as collages, self portraits, watercolors etc. with small groups. We encourage, but do not require children to participate. During outdoor time we go to the playgroud, the duck pond, and on walks. After outdoor and choice time, we have a story or two, some songs/rhymes, and lunch. Our morning children leave at 12:30pm. Afternoon children then rest on cots or mats. After nap, we welcome our afternoon children in a circle. We have choice time with some of the same and some different choices, and often go outside again in the afternoon. We then have a light snack, and end the day with a good-bye circle. Our day is structure, but flexible. If a child finds a spider and wants to study it, we support and encourage this.