Small School

Magical Thinkers - 3-4 Year Olds

 

Young children are playful and magical thinkers, unfettered by the laws of logic or cause and effect. They are imaginative explorers, adventuring out to experience the people and the world around them. The poetic thought process of the young child weaves together perceptions such that feeling, color, magnitude, and word become one. In play the imagination is at work as a child exercises the ability to realize ideas, creatively problem solve, and work cooperatively with others. We regard play as the true and most valuable work of a young child, and the day is simply structured to enable children to delve into imaginary worlds within a comforting and secure environment. Teachers introduce creative projects and instructive experiences through which young children build upon what they know and practice new skills.

 

The weekly schedule includes a field trip as well as classes in Horticulture and Music. In the Small School, work with letters and numbers is rooted in practical experience, such as identifying a classmate’s name while taking attendance at Morning Circle, writing a ’SAVE’ sign for a block construction, or counting the number of cups needed to set the table for the weekly Tea Party. Small School classes gather together for special projects and activities, and join older students for All School Meeting, Reading Buddies, and general play outside.

 

School Day: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. with the option of Extended Day through 5:10 p.m.

 

Language Arts

Speaking and listening; participating in Circle, taking attendance, ‘Sharing,’ discussing; listening to stories read or told; learning about books; drawing and telling a story-journals; experimenting with writing; playing; negotiating and working to resolve conflicts, learning language of negotiation and conflict resolution; communicating honestly and respectfully

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Mathematics

Exploring mathematics and developing number sense in daily life through play, practical activities and projects; counting, identifying, matching, sorting, classifying, patterning, measuring, estimating, predicting, comparing, recognizing color and shape; working with whole numbers 1-10; investigating size/shape/length/weight/volume; baking and cooking

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Social Studies and Science

Learning about the people and the world around us -- family and community; exploring the cycle of the seasons through story, project and celebration– end of summer– butterfly metamorphosis and flowers; fall harvest, winter hibernation; spring gardening; learning about plants and animals • composting and recycling

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Art, Handcrafts and Music

Drawing; painting, printing, constructing; working with clay; stitching, beading, felting, creating collage; singing with finger-plays and movement activities; exploring rhythm, volume and tone; making and playing simple instruments

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Physical Education

Nature hikes; playing indoors and out; exercising gross motor skills through running, jumping, hopping, climbing, balancing; developing fine motor skills through craft work, painting and drawing activities