Early Childhood Program
Enjoying Play with a Purpose
In our early childhood classrooms, great care is taken to create a warm and home-like setting and a beautiful environment where children’s senses are nurtured. Every aspect of our early childhood program is designed to foster healthy and balanced intellectual, emotional, and physical development from daily outdoor play and nature walks to the organic foods served at snack time. Our students learn by engaging in practical activities such as washing dishes, sweeping, gardening, baking and building. We incorporate seasonal crafts, movement, outdoor adventures, and ample creative free play to encourage joyful learning and imaginative exploration.
Eastside Community School offers preschool and kindergarten for three to six-year old children (children must turn three by September 1st). We request that your child be fully potty-trained, able to eat on his or her own, and cooperative in dressing for outdoor play. Our early childhood program focuses on:
Young children are supported in their natural development by an emphasis on imagination as explored through play, purposeful activity, movement, social life, art and a rich tradition of oral storytelling, provided in a warm and secure environment.
The kind of playful work in which children engage in the our school is very different from the media-saturated expectations generated by most modern toys and electronic games. We provide young children many opportunities for undirected play while guiding them in creating a healthy social group with their peers.
Because a consistent, dependable daily rhythm provides a critical sense of security for a young child, activities are scheduled to follow the natural rhythms of a child’s day and year, balancing indoor and outdoor free play with more focused artistic and practical activities such as baking, painting, or crafts, and with circle time including rhymes, songs, and storytelling.
Our classrooms are designed to support the child’s foundational experience that the world is good and beautiful. Classrooms are pleasant with calm areas for working and playing, our toys and art supplies are created from natural materials, and our outdoor areas include playgrounds, grassy fields, and natural woods for magical adventures.
Young children begin school enthusiastic and excited to learn. Our activities prepare them for the challenges of elementary school subjects while nurturing and maintaining their enthusiasm:
Songs, stories and rhymes cultivate intimacy with language
Puppet shows and dramatic play strengthen memory and imagination
Counting games and rhythmic activities build a solid foundation for arithmetic skills
Painting and crafts help develop fine motor skills, coordination, and concentration
Vigorous play enhances concentration as it develops gross motor skills, proprioception, and vitality
Seasonal and outdoor activities foster understanding of the natural world
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