Children walk up to the school on their own feet, put away their things, hang up their coats and greet friends and teachers. Parents are welcome to remain through the end of this transition time to chat with teachers and enjoy our music circle. At the end of the transition parents say goodbye to their little ones and we begin our work.
On the Montessori side of the room, students are free to use any of the materials. When a student wishes to work with a new material that they have not used before, a teacher will offer an individual or small group lesson. This ensures that materials are used as intended and students get the most out of their practice.
Our artist's studio is also open for the duration of the work cycle. Each day, a new "provocation" is provided, inviting the children to draw, paint, sculpt, or explore found materials. Throughout the year, students are given individual and group lessons in the various media we use. Once they know the medium, children are free to use it to create works of their own design.
Students are invited to explore the lush greenery around the school house as lunch is prepared.
Students and their teachers enjoy a group meal together. We prepare all of our food onsite using high quality, organic fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and dairy. Our menu is culturally diverse and we encourage our students to take an "adventure bite" of new foods. At this time, we do not offer meat as providing local meat that is grown ethically is prohibitively expensive. We are respectful of alternative diets and food allergies but may not be able to accommodate some restrictions.
The lights are turned down and students curl up with their favorite stories. We encourage all our students to rest quietly or nap before they rise to choose a quiet activity.
The afternoon is reserved for group activities and outdoor play. We invite guest teachers to provide weekly enrichment in foreign language, music, movement, or sport and set aside some time each day to explore nature.