|Samaras A||Samaras B||Sprouts A||Sprouts B||Seedlings**|
|Max Class Size||10||10||15||15||8|
|Age*||1||1||2 to 4||2 to 4||3 to 4|
With a combination of structured teacher led circle time, interactive activities, and free play, Samaras is a great introduction to a classroom setting. In a stimulating, child-centered environment, children learn to negotiate interactions with peers, have the opportunity to enjoy messy projects, as well as spend time outside on a playground and in a community garden. Caregivers attend each class and are provided instruction and support around emotion coaching as well as childhood development. Enrollment can be for either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, or both sections.
Sprouts is a multi-age classroom for children 2 to 4 years old. The Sprouts curriculum is focused on anti-bias learning though friendship: getting to know our classmates, teacher & parents, neighborhood, and community. Students are also introduced to the school’s natural environment through outdoor play and activities, as well as the inclusion of organic elements and sensory materials in the classroom. Developmentally, this is a year of exponential growth for children when we focus on encouragement, exploration of the child’s world and building confidence. For 2019/2020, we will have a professional assistant teacher supporting our main classroom teacher.
Seedlings is an extension class for students aged 3 to 4 years old. Seedlings, using the anti-bias foundation gained in Sprouts, apply more of the concepts of anti-bias and environmentalism to their activities, which include litter hunts, vegetable gardening, 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.