Our daily and seasonal rhythms in Little Chestnuts Preschool are carefully planned to support the whole health of the young child. Our tasks include morning free play, where the imagination is engaged with a variety of natural wood toys in the classroom. This play is followed by a different activity each day such as bread baking, painting, chopping vegetables, felting and/or sewing; all hands on experiential activities to activate the body, heart and will forces. An all organic meal is prepared and enjoyed together each day. We greet the morning with songs, seasonal verses, movement and finger games, ending our inside portion of the day with a therapeutic story or puppet show, which is told by the teacher. The child’s metabolism, rhythmic systems and muscles are enhanced and activated by our daily walks in nature and free play at Wright Park. The work and play we do reflects the seasons in nature, providing security, balance and a sense of self to unfold each day in the child.
We also celebrate a variety of festivals during the year. Having community events and a strong festival life connects us with the turning point in nature and creates a lifetime of special memories and appreciation. Following the seasonal changes both inwardly and outwardly provides a sense of security in the young child while supporting a healthy rhythmic life. The children work up to these festivals in the classroom through craft, story, and song. We recognize and celebrate these turning points of the year through carefully planned, age appropriate events. Including:
- Not So Scary After All Halloween event with a craft and puppet show
- Lantern Walk in November
- Winter Puppet Show and Craft in December
- Advent Spiral in December
- May Day Celebration in May
In addition to festivals and events we have several Parent Evenings over the course of the year. Parent Evenings are a time for teachers and parents to come together, build community and learn about what curriculum and group dynamic is happening in the Little Chestnuts classroom. The teacher brings a topic for discussion each evening and there is often a craft or activity that is done all together.
Lastly, we have Parent Teacher Conferences twice a year. Once in November and again in March. These conferences are a time for the parent and teacher to connect, reflect and discuss their child’s progress observed in class.
Program Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Age: 3 – 5 years old and potty trained or actively potty training
*If your child is younger than 3 and you feel that the Little Chestnuts program would be a good fit, please contact us. We are able to take children as young as 2 1/2 years old.*
Teacher to Child Ratio – 1:4