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 two 8-week sessions for the 2019-20 school year:
Wednesdays (Oct. 2 - Nov. 20), 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesdays (Apr. 1 - May 20), 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Come experience the simplified rhythm of our Waldorf inspired, nature based preschool program. Caregivers and children 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. Each Sweet Peas class has space for eight children and their caregivers. If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up today.
PRESCHOOL (ages 3 - 6 and potty-trained)
Rosebuds: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am – 1 pm
Sunflowers: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am - 1 pm
Our preschool classes are 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, two parent helpers and a comfortable environment make the children feel at ease. The teacher and helpers work together to facilitate a magical environment where creative, child-driven play is encouraged. Each preschool class has space for 12 students.
Our curriculum centers on seasonal changes and observations of the natural world. Seasonal themes guide daily activities and songs, storytelling, and puppets are used to spark young imaginations.
There is a focus on socialization with an emphasis on kindness. Teachers and parent helpers model how to share toys and ideas with one another. The children discuss how their words and actions affect other members of the classroom. They are encouraged to explore and play in small and large groups. As the year progresses, the interactions become more complex and meaningful.
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.
Woodhaven children spend about half of each school day outdoors, 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. Sunflower and Daisy classes spend the entire school day outdoors on Wednesday (or ‘Woods-day Wednesday’ as we lovingly call it). Learning outdoors helps develop the children’s sense of wonder for nature. They learn to question their world, make observations, and seek understanding.
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 have covered space for extreme weather and use indoor bathrooms.