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Heartworks School (williston)

644 Blair Park Road
Williston, VT 05495

(802) 985-2153


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Heartworks School is a preschool and summer program with locations in Burlington
Shelburne, and Williston, Vermont.
Heartworks provides a warm and enriching environment for childhood play and
learning. Our focus is on viewing children as growing individuals and helping to
expand their ability to experience life to the fullest.
The goals of Heartworks include:
• Assisting each child to build upon their gifts, creating a sense of personal selfworth
• A commitment to a child-centered academic curriculum
• Maintaining an experienced, well educated teaching staff
• Providing small, same age classes (approximately 10 children)
• Individual, whole group and cooperative opportunities for learning
• An emphasis on both the creative and physical arts
• A commitment to ethnic, racial, socio-economic and spiritual diversity
• An emphasis on learning to live in harmony with respect to the earth and our
world community
"As we open our hearts to children we embrace them with love, acceptance and
without judgment. We welcome the child into the world of play for both fun and
learning. If it is not fun, then the child will question, ‘Is it worth doing?' With every
season there is a right time to do and to learn. We help in finding the right season
for growth, for optimal learning and for enrichment."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Early Care
7:30 - 8:30 At this time, children arrive and play in a
quiet activity (coloring, books, and puzzles)
8:20 Teachers pick up children from early care and greet arriving children.
8:30 Children sit down for circle time.
Each circle involves a good morning song, a story, and learning
activity (each month, the children work with a different theme topic)
• A two year old circle would also include learning colors,
shapes, counting and the alphabet as well as more singing.
• A three year old circle would also include concept work
(high and low, in front and behind, etc.), shape work
(making shoes with popsicle sticks or folding cloths),
letter and number recognition and sometimes a game
(i.e.: bingo or a toss game).
• A pre-k circle would also include talking about the weather and
calendar as well as some learning games (ie: using counting bears
to solve mathematical problems or rhyming, alphabet and sound bingo.)
Circle ends between 9:00 and 9:30 depending on the age group.
9:00 - 9:20 after circle time, the children will have an enrichment time.
This time could include painting, baking, using play dough, cutting
and gluing, performing a play, experimenting with science or having a
physical activity. In the pre-k classes, children will do workbooks a
few days a week during this time.
9:30 - 10:00 After enrichment time, children go outside for a half an hour.
10:15 - 10:45 Snack time (children eat crackers, cheese and fruit)
10:45 - 11:00 Children can choose either a book or puzzle
11:00 - 11:45 Explore time (children self select something in the
classroom to play with)
11:45 - 12:00 Story by Heart (the teacher is a storyteller as opposed to
reading a book)
12:00 Some of the children have a departure time with their parents
or care givers.
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch (children bring their own)
1:00 - 3:00 Children that take a nap after lunch all have their own nap items (a sheet and blanket or a sleeping bag) that are left at school. The items are bagged separately. We have rest mats here. As soon as the children finish eating lunch they either use the rest room or have their diaper checked and changed as needed. They then go to their rest spot and lay down. We turn the light off and play soft music. Nap time lasts until about 3:00. If children wake up before that time, they play quietly.
If children do not nap, they will have quiet time when they are finished eating. The children finish eating around 12:30. When they finish, they find a book or puzzle and go to a quiet place in the room. This is a time when they are asked to play on their own as opposed to in a group. This activity time goes until 1:00.
From 1:00 - 3:00 they have outside time, or enrichment activity and an inside explore time with a variety of enrichment activities, ie: music, drama, art and possible field trips in good weather.
3:00 - 3:30 Afternoon snack (children bring their own)
3:30 - 5:30 On a nice afternoon, children will be outside. If it is raining,
children will have an afternoon
explore time in a classroom. In the winter, children will go outside to
sled for part of the afternoon and then move inside to explore time.
Excerpted from the preschool's website