“The first six years of a child’s life are the most important for establishing a direction that will last a lifetime….During the first six years, as we have seen, a child can learn best through the medium of his body, and by developing his awareness through the five senses.”-J. Donald Walters, founder of Education for Life
The foundation years from 0 – 6 years old are a critical period in the development of a child’s life. During this time, a child’s attitude about the world takes root.
Our job is to carefully nurture qualities of curiosity, sensory awareness, concentration, and compassion so that the children may feel a deep sense of acceptance towards themselves.
By focusing on mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of development, we foster the child’s cognitive and physical growth while strengthening the inner qualities of love, kindness and joy. In this way, the children naturally develop a sense of inner happiness and success.
The small classroom environment encourages a sense of wonder, gratitude and reverence for all life. An atmosphere of harmony and joy is brought to the classroom through daily rhythms, celebrations, and yearly events. Each child is encouraged to develop a balanced and healthy imagination. Through the practice of concentration, visualization, cheerfulness, and a serviceful attitude, the children expand their sympathies beyond their little selves and learn to recognize the highest qualities in themselves and one another
The Foundation Years of the Education for Life System include:
- Physical movement, exercise and fresh air
- Frequent walks and outings in nature
- The use of imagination
- Yoga postures and quiet times
- Cooperation, kindness and healthy habits
We offer daily opportunities to be independent and engage in projects based around nature, the seasons and character development. The children flourish in a setting where they have regular rhythms and freedom with boundaries, positive energy and artistic expression, respect for one another and respect for themselves. Daily specialists enrich the curriculum, and in-class activities are enhanced by a generous amount of outdoor time in nature.
The rhythmical structure of our classroom day provides a solid holistic framework for our classroom students.
Typical Daily Schedule
9-10:30 *Energizing Circle Time / Meditation /Indoor Classroom Learning Centers /Snack time & Bathroom Break
10:30-11:00 Daily Specialists:
* Yoga * Drama * French * Music or Extended Circle with Show and Tell
11:00-12:00 Outdoor Classroom/ Nature Exploration/Gross Motor Activities/Scientific Observation & Sharing/Bathroom
12:30-1:00 Closing Circle Time and Songs/Cleanup and Classroom Jobs/Pack Up/Gentle Transition to Home or After Care