|Sprouts Class||Seedlings Class||Saplings Class*|
|Age on Sept 1||2||3 or 4||4|
(limit: 15 students)
The Sprouts curriculum is focused on anti-bias foundation building, mainly through getting to know our friends, neighborhood, and community helpers. Students are also introduced to the school’s natural environment through outdoor play and activities, as well as the inclusion of natural elements and sensory materials in the classroom. Special activities include visiting the p-patch and get-togethers with our GrandFriends. Developmentally, this is a year of amazing growth for children, and outings are weighted toward the second half of the year to reflect this.
(limit: 16 students)
Seedlings, using the anti-bias foundation gained in the previous year, apply more of the concepts of anti-bias and environmentalism to their outings and special events, which include litter hunts, vegetable gardening, GrandFriends visits, and service activities (as determined by each year’s families). As anti-bias learning begins to flower into empathy, Seedlings gain a rewarding understanding of the service-themed curriculum. Seedlings also have a stronger emphasis on kindergarten readiness.
(limit: 10 students)
As an afternoon addition to the Seedlings class, the Saplings class emphasizes more of the academic skills that go into kindergarten readiness.