Butterfly Garden Preschool Program
- Children born before March 1, 2016
- Class size: 12 students maximum
- One Lead Teacher & One Assistant
- 4-Day Program: Tuesday – Friday
- 3-Day Program: Tuesday – Thursday
- 2-Day Program: Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday
- Half-Day Option: 8:45 am – 12:15 pm
- Full-Day Option: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm
Our Butterfly Garden preschool is a program designed for the young child. This program is focused on the needs of the young preschooler: a slower, smaller, calmer program. We have a seasonally, weekly, and daily rhythm created just for those small hands and big hearts. The daily and weekly activities provide an age-attuned rhythm of play, circle time, storytelling and hands–on artistic activity that fosters long-term health and love of learning. The creative individual spirit of the young child is reverently guided and nurtured. The preschool program also provides children with the fundamental group social skills and experience they will need to be ready for Kindergarten. Children must be toilet trained and developmentally ready to be away from their parent or caregiver for the mornings. A teacher leads children in gentle play, songs, stories, painting, baking, nature activities and outdoor play in a warm and caring space. A daily healthful snack is provided.
Our Preschool Program provides a nurturing, orderly and beautiful environment for young children to make their transition from home to school. Activities range from the practical, such as table setting and washing dishes, to the artistic, such as water-color painting and coloring. This may be the first time they are part of a group, so adjusting to each other and learning to take turns and take part in a circle (even if short) are big steps for young children. This is also the age when they transition from parallel play to social play. That means learning how to be with another human in a kind and gentle way. The child’s day flows in a rhythmic way, providing a balance of focused activity and creative free play, with plenty of movement, song and outdoor activity.