Our preschool & primary programs serve children from 2 to 6 years old. We are predominantly play-based and focus on teaching and supporting social-emotional skills as well as experiences which immerse children in the natural world. We nurture the natural curiosity, wonder, and community-orientation of children in a multi-age and multi-environment setting. Our program is fully licensed by the state of Vermont.
Sample Daily Preschool & Primary Schedule
Outdoor Play (8:30 - 9:00) 3-year-old and older children drop off their belongings in the classroom and go back outside to play. 2-year-old children play in the classroom where several activities are available to choose from. Families are welcome to check in with teachers at this time.
Morning Snack (9:00 - 9:30) Children go indoors in their cubby groups, wash their hands, and prepare their spot at the table for snack. The whole group eats together and enjoys conversation about the previous night at home, plans for the day, and other topics of interest.
Morning Meeting (9:30 - 9:45) Children and teachers gather together as a classroom community to greet one another, sing songs, share special news, plan the day, and work together to solve problems.
Play Block (9:45 - 10:45) Children explore materials, play with one another, and participate in projects in all areas of the classroom.
Story Time (10:45 - 11:00) The children and teachers gather together to hear a story being told or read and talk about it together.
Outdoor Play (11:00 - 12:00) Children play outdoors: taking hikes, playing in the woods and on the playground, and working in the school garden.
Lunch (12:00 - 12:30) Children go indoors in their cubby groups, put away their belongings, wash their hands, and prepare their spot at the table for lunch. The whole group eats together, enjoying conversation and an occasional book read aloud by the teacher.
Rest Time/Afternoon Play Block/Work Block (12:30 - 2:30) Children have a chance to sleep until afternoon snack or to rest quietly and then participate in all sorts of afternoon activities either in the classroom or outside. Older children may engage in projects and content learning.
Afternoon Snack (2:30 - 3:00) Children wash their hands, prepare their spot for snack, and eat together as a group.
Afternoon Dismissal (3:30) Children are picked up by their families in the classroom.
Before and after school care are available on a first come-first served basis.