Two, Three, or Five Days-A-Week Preschool
Learning How To Learn
Stonebrook is a Reggio-Emilia inspired preschool. A project-based approach to early childhood education. Teacher observations and provocations are at the base of the emerging curriculum. Children are actively involved in deciding the direction of learning each and every day. A study can last days, weeks, or even months. All based on the interests and energy of the children.
We organize the design of our rooms in a way that feels open and creates a nice flow. Natural materials provide an infinite number of possibilities. We see classrooms as the third teacher. This concept plays a key role in play-based learning. Invitations for learning are centers. They are co-created by teachers and children to spark and inspire wonder and curiosity.
“The space has to be a sort of aquarium that mirrors the ideas, values, attitudes, and cultures of the people who live in it.” -Loris Malaguzzi, The Hundred Languages of Children
Documentation serves many purposes. Most of all it is used as a research tool. The children’s learning process is recorded. Documentation is done on a daily basis. It is an process through which teachers discuss the learning. They keep it fluid and emergent. It also gives meaning and identity to all that the children do. Teachers blog their observations, comments, and photos on the Stonebrook Parent’s secure web site.
Each child has their own binder. It is updated by the teacher. The portfolio is a digest. Pictures, quotes, artwork, and writing samples. Milestones of growth and development are also recorded. The portfolio follows a child as they move up to older rooms. At the end of a Stonebrook Day School experience, the portfolio is yours to keep. A record of your child’s progress through the years.
Our outdoor environments provides a special stage for action. Stimulating play, learning, and physical activity. The Natural Playscape and Stonebrook Forest function as an outdoor classrooms and free play areas. We stress informed stewardship of the environment with students. We under score connections with the natural world. Stonebrook Day School’s garden offers a unique and wonderful learning experience for curious young minds.
Nutritional requirements are a big part of our preschool program. Healthy, balanced meals are provided for all Preschool and Pre-K children. All meals and snacks are served from our Bright Day Cafe. Peanut-free. We provide fresh fruits and vegetables, a protein, dairy, and whole grains. Nutritional Foods that children love to eat! Children with special dietary needs are welcomed.
We believe that families are children’s first teachers. Active involvement is required. There are family conferences, classroom blogs, parent volunteer days, monthly newsletters, and special fun events. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are just a few of the ways we stay connected with our families.