The transition from Early Childhood to the Grade School is a major one, both for children and parents. The magical years in the Early Childhood program have a cyclical feel. They are a sort of paradise (Kindergarten means children’s garden) in which the child stays with the same classmates, teachers, and classroom for up to four years, celebrating the cycles of nature and engaging in practical activities that happen on a regular basis—from annual festivals to daily rituals—and gradually gaining skills and confidence. The Early Childhood classes form a multi-age unity.
When the child enters First Grade, the seasonal and weekly rhythms continue, but a new linear component quickly comes to the fore. The students now embark on a wonderful journey of learning, starting with letters and numbers, which will culminate on the distant shores of Eighth Grade! In addition, there are now many different specialty teachers with whom the child interacts. As the years progress, the child will form strong bonds with these teachers. Most fascinating of all, his or her individuality—who s/he really is and will become as an adult—slowly starts to reveal itself. We hope you will enjoy a glimpse into this exciting time.