Our Early Childhood and Kindergarten (EC) program has a unique format, with a mixed age group of children from 3 1/2 (by April) to 7 years of age. Our teachers works with the young children by creating a warm, beautiful and loving homelike environment. It is protective, secure and things happen in a predictable and regular manner. The process of working with the developing child is the basis for the program.
Often the teacher engages in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the child can readily imitate (for example; baking, painting, gardening and handicrafts), adapting the work to the changing seasons and festivals of the year.
The teacher nurtures the young child’s power of imagination particular to this age. S/he does so by telling carefully selected stories and by encouraging free play. This free or fantasy play, in which children act out scenarios of their own creation, helps them to experience many aspects of life more deeply. When toys are used, they are made of natural materials. Pinecones, wood, cotton, silk, shells, stones and other objects from nature that the children themselves have collected are used in play and to beautify the room.
Sequencing, sensory integration, eye-hand coordination, tracking, appreciating the beauty of language and other basic skills necessary for the foundation of academic excellence are fostered in the EC program through story, circle, free play and clean up times. In this truly natural, loving and creative environment, the children are given a range of activities and the structure needed to help them prepare for the next phase of school life.