Woodhaven School operates five days a week. We have three classes:
PARENT & CHILD (birth - age 3 accompanied by a caregiver)
Sweet Peas meet once per week for two hours. There are three 8-week sessions for the 2018-19 school year:
- Fall (Sept 26 - Nov 14): Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
- Winter (Jan 16 - Mar 6): Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm OR Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
- Spring (Apr 3 - May 22): Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm OR Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
Come experience the simplified rhythm of our Waldorf inspired, nature based preschool program. Caregivers and children, birth to age 3, enjoy snack, learn seasonal circle songs and rhymes, hear stories and play in our peaceful, nurturing classroom. We go outside no matter the weather to explore our beautiful woods and facilitate the children’s innate connection to the wonders of the natural world. The Sweet Peas class has space for eight children and their caregivers. If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up today.
Each preschool class has a teacher, assisted by two parent helpers, who facilitates a magical environment where creative, child-driven play is encouraged.
Woodhaven children experience the outdoors every class day, regardless of the weather. Our outdoor classroom is in the woods, where children experience a combination of free play and facilitated activities such as nature walks, games, bug hunts, bird watching and plant identification.
A portion of our outdoor space is a garden, maintained by the children and the parent gardening coordinator. The garden provides many opportunities to observe the natural world.
Woodhaven provides students with healthy, sugar-free, wholesome foods at snack time. During meals, students and adults gather together, family style, around a large table, creating a cozy, home-like environment.
Rosebuds (ages 3-6 and potty-trained)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 1 pm
The Rosebud class is a gentle introduction to the daily routines of school life. For many children, preschool is the first significant time spent away from their parents. A friendly teacher, teacher assistant, parent helper, and comfortable environment make children feel at ease.
All the activities of the classroom are experienced through the lens of a three-year old. There is a focus on socialization. We model how to share toys and ideas with one another. the children discuss how their words and actions affect other members of the classroom. Students are encouraged to explore and play in small and large groups. As the year progresses, the interactions become more complex and meaningful.
The classroom curriculum centers on seasonal changes and observations of the natural world. Seasonal themes guide daily activities, including art projects, cooking, nature table, dramatic play, outdoor exploration, and music. Rosebuds are empowered to make choices for themselves. Our teachers listen to the children and gear the day’s activities toward their interests. New opportunities are met with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Songs, storytelling, and puppets are the tools we use to spark young imaginations. Our preschool classroom is a gentle and safe environment for nurturing creative expressions, social interactions, and practical life skills. Preschool students are encouraged to build using blocks and other materials.
Rosebuds are empowered to make choices for themselves. Our teachers listen to and respect the children. New opportunities are met with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Our Rosebud class offers 1:4 ratio with a teacher, teacher assistant and parent helper, allowing us to offer more individual attention.
*If your child just misses the September 1 cut-off, please email us to discuss your options.
Sunflowers (ages 3-6 and potty-trained)
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 am - 1 pm
The Sunflower class is for children ages 3 to 6. Their parents take turns helping in the classroom roughly once every 3-4 weeks. The Sunflower class spends about half of each day outdoors to explore nature’s classroom.
Early childhood is the time when children learn self-confidence and problem solving. When they learn outdoors, they find a sense of awe and wonder for nature. Students learn to question their world, make observations, and seek understanding.
Through storytelling, songs, nature journals, art projects, hikes, and working in the garden, students naturally fall in love with learning and view themselves as active agents in their own education.
Songs, storytelling, and puppets are the tools we use to spark young imaginations. Our classroom is a gentle and safe environment for nurturing creative expressions, social interactions, and practical life skills.
Sunflowers focus on building confidence and strengthening relationships. In the Sunflower class, the teacher, assistant teacher and parent helper encourage children to develop their play in groups, thereby enhancing their socialization skills.
At this developmental stage, group play is more complex and incorporates more children. As their attention spans increase, Sunflowers stay with activities for longer periods of time, discovering new ways to use the same materials that were available the previous year. Art projects require greater concentration and coordination. Outdoor play takes on new dimensions as the children develop their physical and problem-solving skills. They become more aware of the world around them and their place in it.
Sunflowers are supported and encouraged on an individual basis when they initiate interests in reading, writing and math. Writing and sounding out letters becomes meaningful, for example, when children want to write notes to their parents or make a sign for their railroad or spaceship. Math is also organic as children build with blocks and discuss which ones are longer and how many there are. They figure out how to make a marble roll faster with a steeper ramp. They read stories to their dolls when they play house. The teacher actively engages and encourages each child as they show readiness.
By the end of the year, Sunflowers blossom into confident, well-rounded, curious children.
Our Sunflower class offers 1:4 ratio with a teacher, teacher assistant and parent helper, allowing us to offer more individual attention.
Woodhaven is a unique program. Your child’s success hinges on their comfort while learning and playing outdoors in all sorts of weather. It is important to send children to school in all-weather gear. We do have covered space for extreme weather and use indoor bathrooms.