WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
Spaces & Learning are based on children's curiosities & motivation! Our large, fenced-in outdoor PLAYSCAPE inspires Free Exploration & Sensory Experiences in our huge Sandy Pit, Muddy Kitchen, Gem Rock Box, Crate Construction, Fairy Garden. Gross Motor activity is critical to children's brain development, & there is plenty of space for Running & Active Play! Gardens include vegetables, herbs, & growing sustainable grass. We collect rain & dig through snow!
Walking Field Trips take us through adjacent community green spaces, along nature trails, to Harris Whalen Park. We enjoy the journey, & along the way we play among the trees, run & roll down expansive hills, & explore the wild, wooded landscapes. These journeys help us to develop body/space awareness, self regulation, & fine/gross motor skills.
Social Problem-Solving lays a foundation for our interactions & relationships, to build independence, perseverance, & mindful awareness within our multi-age group. Children are supported & guided to develop confidence, empathy, patience, resilience, self-reliance, & problem-solving skills. In turn, they learn to support & challenge each other through team work, as they build interpersonal skills, like communication, cooperation, & negotiation.
Cognitive Development occurs continually! Hands-on, child-led play is our work & the most developmentally appropriate way for kids to learn! Decades of research prove that unstructured play with open-ended materials is the most successful way to develop brain connections for lifelong learning. This includes unlimited time for creating, building, role-playing, & experiencing outcomes & changes, to foster holistic development.