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Rowanberry School

6846 NE Mallory Avenue
Portland, OR 97211

(503) 750-7607


Rowanberry School is a mixed-age early childhood community for children ages 3-6, offering both preschool and kindergarten classes.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

Social-constructivism, project work, inquiry based curriculum

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our core influences come from the traditional kindergarten, (children's garden) and the progressive early childhood programs of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

A Typical Day

Daily Rhythm

9:00 - Good Morning! -
Children arrive, say goodbye to parents, and enter the classroom to greet their friends and teachers.

9:15 - Circle Time -
We gather together for stories, songs, and ring games, and discuss our plans for the day.

Good morning dear earth, good morning dear sun
Good morning dear stones, and the flowers every one
Good morning dear beasts, and the birds in the trees
Good morning to you, and good morning to me.

9:30 - Free Play / Story Studio -
Children may choose block building, dress-up, quiet book time, games, painting, working with clay, or project work. We also offer activities for exploration of an ongoing theme, such as light and shadow, construction, and seasonal activities such as baking, gardening, and weaving.

Twice a week this is our time for Story Studio, where children dream up, work out, illustrate, perform, discuss, and revise their stories with their community of writers.

10:15 - Clean up and prepare for snack.

10:30 - Snack time -
A healthy, wholesome snack made with organic ingredients is served family style. Snacks will be served with warm tea. Please let me know if your child has any food sensitivities or special needs.

11:00 - Outside play -
Children play in the play yard and garden, and/or go on a walk rain or shine. Please bring weather appropriate clothing so that your child may experience each season comfortably.

11:10-12:00 - Studio time -
A small group of children work in the studio with our art specialist Elizabeth Craig and a classroom teacher.

12:00 - Sharing -
Children may share something they have made or a treasure found in nature. This is also a time to reflect on our morning.

12:15 - Lunch -
For trees so tall, and sky so blue
For friends and food we thank you!
Blessings on our meal.

12:50 - Closing Ring -
We sing songs and tell stories to close the day.

1:00 - Goodbye -
Children greet their parents and say goodbye to their friends.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have a school blog, daily documentation pages e-mailed to the families, and individual documentation provided for families via Evernote.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year