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Sheltering Arms Inc

1375 Hares Hill Road, P.O.Box 862
Kimberton, PA 19442

(610) 983-9401


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" " As the Flower
is the forerunner
of the fruit,
So man's
childhood is the Promise
of his life."
---Hazrat Inayat Khan
Central to our philosophy is the great importance we place on creating a home-like environment in which children can simply be children. Our goal is to nurture shelter and love them unconditionally. Love that is warm and understanding, firm and clear, gentle and uncritical, reverent and respectful is rich soil out of which children grow into their unique individualities.
In our home-like setting, careful detailed attention is given to the entire environment. Food, decor, toys, equipment, activities and discipline are the words, gestures, attitudes and personal development of the caregivers.
Most importantly, we strive to give children what they need according to their natural development. We expect of ourselves what we would expect of one caring for own children. It is our privilege to serve your children and you.
" The beginning of love
is to let those we
love be perfectly themselves,
and not to twist them to fit our own image."
---Thomas Metron "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Early morning finds the children busily involved in their "work", some quietly kneading dough for our bread, others actively building wondrous structures with beautiful, natural materials, and still others creating their own puppet shows. Meanwhile, the caregivers quietly guide, help and oversee them.
Later, all come together for the concentrated main activity of the day. This might include painting, finger knitting, beeswax modeling or eurythmy, gardening, nature study and the like.
These learning readiness activities are part of the curriculum because they strengthen the children's power of memory, imagination and concentration, preparing them for the intellectual learning in the years ahead.
The children are given plenty of time to enter fully into creative play. This is when they "digest" and "take in as their own" all the skills and imaginative pictures they've been given.
The day is punctuated with mealtimes, where the children help prepare and serve. The children can also anticipate a regular routine of circles with songs and verses, naptime, and storytelling. Finally, each child leaves with a warm hug and loving goodbye."
Excerpted from the preschool's website