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Every day your child chooses their own activity. They follow their friends, or their own lead, and they are respected for how they play. We keep a close eye on children and never allow physical or verbal aggression. We use “growl and grumble” as a phrase to express anger, we apply conflict resolution skills, and we model loving kindness. Some parents may ask what they do besides “just play” and we find many answers are found when we explain that play is work, not something to be skipped just because it is not understood.

We urge parents to consider sending their children to our school if they think they need to be outdoors all day, develop friendships, and feel really good about themselves at school. Here is how we do that:

Our schedule is 9-10 outside (although we open at 8:00 for early drop off); 10-10:20 Circle time, songs, read aloud from caregivers/teachers; 10:20-10:30 wash hands. 10:30-10:50 Snack and reading time; 10:50-11:50 outside; 12:00 Circle and songs and a book; 12:00-1:00 lunch and play outside. Pre-K meets 1:00-3:30 and we have after care 3:30-5:00 . We also have a nap group that sleeps 1:00-2:30 (snacks for both groups at 2:30) We take this schedule very seriously but we also don’t pressure children during transitions. Transitions are hard and yet we find our children very fulfilled by the free time and play choices we provide. We blend structured art with unstructured; we encourage mud and water play, and we love the ability to be outside for over 3 hours a day.