Our Kindergarten serves ages 5 by Septemeber 1st - age 6. With a small class size of 10 - 14 kids and a Teacher and adult helper, we ensure individual attention for each child. We offer a Monday -Wednesday Morning Program 9:00 am - 12:30 pm with the option of Full Days until 2:45 pm.
Our school year runs from September - May in 4 seasonal sessions, each ending with a family festival. Festivals include a Harvest Festival, Solstice Festival, Winter Puppet Play, and a Spring Festival.
There is also an option to add the Village Thursday class to the Monday - Wednesday Kindergarten class for older kindergartners giving families the opportunity for a 4 Day Program.
What does the Kindergarten day include?
Students explore naturally with creative arts, movement, cooperative games, and opportunities for social/emotional development in a peaceful, nurturing environment that is rich in language and arts.
Your child will experience:
a nurturing home-like atmosphere
small class size
outdoor time (outdoor immersion in fall and spring)
a language rich environment through oral storytelling and puppetry
music and singing
natural wood toys and fibers
practical life activities (baking and making soup, woodworking, washing and gardening)
Specialty classes in the afternoon in developmentally appropriate subjects such as German and Ojibwe language, Movement Arts, Nature crafts, Arts and Music are offered from 2 - 2:30 each day.
Social Emotional Learning plays a large part in our daily time together. Our students have intentional blocks of time dedicated to authentic play experiences outdoors in the fall and spring and indoors and outdoors in winter. During these times, they may choose to spend time alone reflecting quietly or they may choose to play with their peers. These extended open periods of practice in communication, negotiation and problem solving help develop empathy and compassion for others. Teachers model appropriate social skills and allow students to work out social struggles independently or with support. In the Kindergarten classroom, social and emotional skills are woven into the rhythm of our days through storytelling, art, circle time, meals, cooperative or group games, transitions and play. Teachers use mindfulness techniques and our rhythm includes in breaths (quieter activities such as painting) and out breaths (large movement and play).
Literacy and language learning begins in our morning circle time through storytelling and puppetry. Writing precedes reading as children's fine motor skills are honed through painting, finger knitting, beeswax modeling and other arts and crafts. Check out this article on reading readiness and these articles on Teaching our children to write, read and spell.
Mathematics is taught first through hands on activities such as baking, gardening, rhymes and counting games. Bean bag and clapping games support the identification of numerals, and children learn to count out the number of napkins needed for snack or how many paint brushes are needed on painting day.
Science in the Kindergarten classroom, comes in the form of exploration and discovery of the world of nature including earth, air, water, fire, through the seasons and natural rhythm. These processes, such as the water cycle or ecology, are brought to the child through nature stories, songs, games and hands-on experiences. Through these early experiences, we foster a love for the earth and a desire to take care of the environment. Our program offers outdoor immersion in the fall and spring, making the most of our Minnesota climate. We continue to venture outside all winter for shorter amounts of time, and in the bitterest days of our northern Minnesota winter we focus inward, continuing our learning indoors through stories and hands on activities. Nature walks and nature observation are part of our rhythm.
Arts, World Culture, Language, Movement, and Handwork are integral to the classroom experience. We learn through songs, verses, food, and games in Spanish, Ojibwe, German, and French. We hear stories from many cultures and we value and honor diversity. Families are welcome to share cultural traditions with the classroom throughout the year. Painting, drawing, modeling, finger knitting, wet felting and music, are a natural part of our weekly and seasonal rhythms. A range of skills are developed through wet on wet watercolor techniques, beeswax block and stick crayons, beeswax modeling clay, whittling and weaving. These skills become the core of individual expression.
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