What is the day?
Children begin their day in a beautiful classroom or nearby outdoor spot. They enjoy seasonal songs, movement, storytelling, puppetry, crafts, painting, soup making, bread baking, beeswax modeling, and creative play. Each day is harmonious, balanced between structured activity and open-ended exploration, rest and motion, indoor time and time in nature. From nursery to kindergarten, the rhythm, responsibilities, and the complexity of tasks deepen.
What is the difference?
Children explore and connect with teachers and friends. They work joyfully, creatively, and cooperatively. Teachers—experts in early childhood development—understand each child. Their curriculum of movement, eurythmy, practical tasks, and nature exploration integrate the senses and develop sequencing, balance, fine-motor skills, regulation, and executive function. Stories and games build a foundation for reading, mathematics, scientific inquiry, and for life.
Two-year, mixed-age, supporting children’s developing abilities. Then children cross a milestone, from the world of imagination towards a more concrete way of thinking. Careful preparation and assessment ensures readiness for grade school academics.
While children can learn “letter de-coding” early, our approach builds a foundation of literacy that supports deep comprehension and a lifelong joy of reading. Stories, songs, verse, and poetry build mental picturing, vocabulary, memory, and sentence structure. Teacher-led games and activities promote an understanding of value and an interest in numeracy.
Children dig, plant, harvest, and explore the beauty of our urban garden. Led by our Gardening Teacher, they hear stories of nature and develop and understanding of seasonal cycles. The school uses biodynamic farming and gardening techniques, an approach that ensures the health of a complex ecosystem. There are also forest days: extended time for outdoor exploration in the Presidio and nearby natural spaces.
Any given week includes arts and crafts, painting, cooking, baking, cleaning, games, and gardening. Activities are designed to integrate the senses and develop patterning, tracking, sequencing, and logical thinking.
There is also time for pretend play, for children to test ideas, work cooperatively, develop agency, solve problems, and have fun!
Children delight in simple activities like bread baking, painting, crafts, and clean-up. Puppet shows and stories capture a child’s imagination and help build strong language skills, while lively counting games lay a foundation for mathematics. There is time for creative, imaginative free play each day, play that’s an essential part of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth.
Movement is learning for the young child. Children develop motor skills, integrate the senses, and work cooperatively. Teacher-led movement games help integrate the senses, and support physical and emotional development. Fine motor and artistic expression are encouraged through watercolor painting, craft activities, cooking, and free play.