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Down The Rabbit Hole

1718 NW 30th #1
Lincoln City, OR 97367

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(541) 994-9702

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf

From the Director:

Children soak up their surroundings without any effort made by the adults around them. We do not need to worry so much about if a child is learning but focus on what the child is learning. Maintaining an environment that is positive, creative, and safe will encourage a child to learn successful tasks, thoughts, and abilities while promoting expressions of love, care and thoughtfulness about themselves and their environment. School Aged Children's Learning Experience Children work well in small groups and can choose from a variety of projects which are designed to stimulate the imagination and engage the intellect. As mentors we will guide your child toward activities which will help them to develop reasoning abilities, life skills,and academic teachings within their capability. We will always encourage them to try new things, adapt to meet their own needs when using materials, and celebrate successes with them. Children seek to understand the universe and desire to know their place within it. They are wonderfully curious, ambitious,and ready for any new experience that they can submerse themselves in. We feel that this type of learning experience will meet the needs of each child individually and that we can help them succeed in all areas of experience.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
  • Games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
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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  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Practical Life Skills All children are eager to help or to do it themselves. Providing each child options to learn how they can accomplish tasks in their daily life builds confidence and self worth. Practical Life Skills instill care for self, for others, and for the environment around the child. Activities include all of the tasks preformed as daily routines in the home such as preparing meals and snacks, washing dishes, dusting, sweeping, gardening, putting on shoes and coats, practicing with buttons and zippers, basic hygiene,interacting with animals, and promotion of grace and courtesy while interacting with others within different settings such as quiet time, personal space, mealtimes, and play. Through these tasks children refine coordination and concentration along with being instilled with goals, encouraged to follow through on tasks started, and development of a healthy respect of self and all surroundings. .. .. Language Development Conversation, stories, poetry, and song are all part of daily experience. The use of language development aids such as sandpaper letters, tracing on paper or in sand, visual aids, puzzles, and other educational activities will also be used in accordance with the child desire to learn and ability to use each lesson aid. .. .. Earth, People, Cultures, and World Celebrations Geography, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Science, Art, Social Studies, Different Holidays and Celebrations, and Cultural Diversity will all be incorporated in a fluid way that enhances the dayâ??s activities. We will learn about all people, cultures, holidays, animals, plants, and countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarity, children come to feel connected to the global human family. Experiences with nature inspire a reverence of all life. We do not promote any particular form of living, practice of certain religions, or adoption of specific cultural ways but we do encourage the experience of all enriching, motivating, and fun aspects of all beliefs and practices. .. .. Mathematics Mathematics will be incorporated into many experiences for the child such as cooking, games, manipulating materials, songs, and any other opportunity we may find. This work gives the child a firm foundation to build solid understanding of mathematical principles, gives opportunities for abstract reasoning, and helps to develop problem solving techniques. Experiencing math in many different forms will enable the child to realize personal potential for success in learning math so that they are not stuck with just one technique that they might not have personal success with leading to fear, discouragement, or utter dislike for mathematics.

From the Director:

Child Care Providers as Mentors. The role of mentors is one of a guide, observer and to have made the ultimate decision to stay open to the learning opportunities provided by those they are mentoring. The ultimate goal is to not intervene in the natural learning process as the child develops the skills they need to pursue learning on an individual and personal level while being encouraged to seek help in areas of need. We, as mentors, seek to maintain an atmosphere of calm order and happiness and to encourage each child in all their experiences, thus promoting self-confidence and self-worth.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

School Aged Children's Learning Experience

Children work well in small groups and can choose from a variety of projects which are designed to stimulate the imagination and engage the intellect. As mentors we will guide your child toward activities which will help them to develop reasoning abilities, life skills,and academic teachings within their capability. We will always encourage them to try new things, adapt to meet their own needs when using materials, and celebrate successes with them. Children seek to understand the universe and desire to know their place within it. They are wonderfully curious, ambitious,and ready for any new experience that they can submerse themselves in. We feel that this type of learning experience will meet the needs of each child individually and that we can help them succeed in all areas of experience.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Daily life should be full of learning opportunities for children of all ages to participate in. The best forms of education should recognize each child individually, taking into consideration their personality, skills, challenges, temperament, and mood. How the lessons will be presented are in rhythm with each childâ??s own physical, mental and emotional developments; creating and inspiring enthusiasm for learning. This enthusiasm is not only desired but we believe that it is actually the foundation upon which future success of their skills will be firmly grounded upon for the rest of their life. Enthusiasm is a must for everyoneâ??s life!

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The lessons and skills will be presented in ways that respect the childâ??s free will and emotions. In presenting a lesson or skill, the child will encounter the new skill by having a mentor show them or from watching other children perform the skill during a normal day. After they have encountered the skill they will come to a point where they choose to experience the skill themselves, either with or without formal instruction from the mentor. Out of the experience thought arises within the child. Providing a child opportunity to use their own creative powers while learning will allow decision making skills to arise along with the ability to problem solve using their own strengths and intuition. Learning this way will allow the child to learn with all their capabilities, heart, and imagination working together creating a full experience that they will remember forever.

A Typical Day

Child Care Daily Routine

This routine is a guideline of what we would like to accomplish during a day but will never be forced as an absolute. The needs of the children will be the ultimate deciding factor in the day's activities.

6:30 Drop off and quiet play
7:00 Make breakfast
7:30 Eat breakfast
8:00 Individual Activities- child chosen
10:30 Offer snack
11:00 Circle Time- Emotions, Stories, Songs, Games, Introduction to a new Experience, or other activities
11:30 Outside Play or Indoor Active Play
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Nature Study- Animals, Gardening, etc
1:15 - 3:00 Separate Activities Depending on Age

Age 2-3 Sleepy toy, mat and blanket. Lie down for story and relaxation time. Encouraged Nap Time to fall asleep to awaken naturally.

Age 4-5 Rest quietly for the story and relaxation. They can then join the others if ready or take a nap.

Age 6 and up Continue to work on lessons or skills from the Am session while others rest if they choose or be a part of the quiet time. After smaller children are asleep they will be offered instruction or opportunity for continuing skills in their ability range.

Wed - Art and History
Thurs - Reading, Writing, and Language
Fri - Science
Sat - Math
Sun - Social Studies and Geography

3:00 - 4:00 Fun time- Snack offered, games, drama, music, movement, etc

4:00 Pick-up

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily Reports
Open House
Connection to Services/ Activities in community
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Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Works directly with parents to address each child individually with a variety of methods.