Preschool & Kindergarten

Sunflower Preschool
• For children ages 2 1/2 – 4 years
• 2, 3 or 5 days per week
• 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, optional extended day until 3:00 pm and after school care available until 5:30 pm

Rose and Starflower Kindergartens
• For children ages 4-6 years
• 3 or 5 days per week
• 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, optional extended day until 3:00 pm and after school care available until 5:30 pm

A Reason for Rhythm
The rhythm of the early childhood day gives children the space they need to enliven their imaginations and use their will as they explore, play and socialize. Visit one of our early childhood classrooms, and you’ll see children engaged in spontaneous, creative play. To the children, it’s simply fun but play is the work of the child.

As the children peacefully go about their active yet calm and predictable days in beautiful classrooms and outdoor settings, they are unaware that they are learning fundamental skills—naturally and experientially.

Our teachers know they are educating the whole child, building cognitive connections and laying a strong foundation for creative, conceptual and abstract thinking. They take great care to create a structured, nurturing, consistent and enriching environment.

For example, artistic activities such as beeswax modeling cultivate fine motor skills. Puppetry and story time help develop memory and language acuity (the roots for reading comprehension). Nature walks and outdoor play enhance large motor skills. All the while, the social and playful nature of these activities help children learn communication, conflict resolution and cooperation.

This conscious rhythm of our early childhood classrooms gives children a sense of security and consistency, while offering many opportunities to flourish cognitively, socially and creatively.

Sample Morning Rhythm

8:30 – 9:00 am Morning circle
9:00 – 10:00 am Creative play and daily activity (see below)
10:00 – 10:30 am Tidy up and rest time
10:30 – 11:00 am Snack
11:00 – 11:30 am Story, puppet show or play
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Outdoor play and good-byes

Extended Day, Robin’s Nest

Robin’s Nest Extended Day Contract

12:30 – 1:00 pm Transition time including walk, singing and circle games
1:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:00 pm Rest time and story
2:00 – 2:30 pm Outdoor play and handwork
2:45 – 3:00 pm Good-byes or transition to after school care

Sample Weekly Rhythm

In addition to the consistent daily rhythm, children come to know the rhythm of weekly activities. Parents may learn from their children that bread day is always on the second day of school (which, of course, parents know is Tuesday).

Daily Activity and Snack

FridayPaintingSoup or salad

Day Activity Snack
Monday Wheat grinding Brown rice
Tuesday Baking Oat porridge
Wednesday Eurythmy Bread and honey butter
Thursday Woodwork, handcrafts and walk day Millet