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 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 recorded. Documentation happens on done on a daily basis. It is a 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 website.
Each child has a binder. The teacher updates it. The collection is a digest: pictures, quotes, artwork, and writing samples. Milestones of growth and development documented. 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 provide a unique stage for action. Stimulating play, learning, and physical activity. The Natural Playscape and Stonebrook Forest function as outdoor classrooms and free play areas. We stress informed stewardship of the environment with students. We underscore connections with the natural world. Stonebrook Day School’s garden offers a unique and enjoyable learning experience for curious young minds.
Nutritional requirements are a big part of our preschool program — healthy, balanced meals provided for Preschool and Pre-K children. All meals and snacks served from our Bright Day Cafe. Peanut-free. We offer fruits and vegetables, a protein, dairy, and whole grains. Nutritional Foods that children love to eat! Children with special dietary needs 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.