At Loving Space, children are actively engaged in their own learning. Our curriculum emphasizes small group work and content that is authentic to the developmental needs and curiosities of kindergartners. At 5 and 6 years old social emotional development is a top priority. During this time in a child’s life they are creating dispositions or attitudes about who they are, what they’re good at and how they fit into the world. If too much academic learning is pushed onto a child before they are developmentally ready it can be damaging, potentially causing a child to feel like school is not a place for them. Nathan Wallis, a famous neuroscientist says “Before 7 it’s not important how clever your child is, it’s how clever they feel.”
At Loving Space we make a point of shining a light on each child’s unique strengths and interests, Our kindergarten is a place where active children are involved in the goings on and are invested in their own learning. We encourage children to ask questions, try new things, and share what they know.
Each week we lead lessons and hands-on activities based on six areas of focus. Children work in small group rotations to explore and practice new skills. We send weekly emails to our enrolled families with attached photos and videos sharing what we plan on doing the coming week and how our plans for the prior week worked out.
Art: An idea, a specific medium, or a concept is taught and children create and make it their own.
Science: Action-reaction, cause and effect. What happens when…and why?
Math: Games, patterns, counting, numbers, size and shape.
Reading: Playing around with letters, sounds and words, song, rhyme, love of language, and lots of good stories.
Writing: Words are power. We give kids real reasons to want to write things down; making signs, letters to friends, lists and recording ideas. And we have a secre letter writing fairy who visits our school!
Life Skills: Every kid’s favorite! Independence skills and real life work.
And the BEST thing we do…
…support the whole child. What your child thinks and feels matters to us! We provide ample time for kids to talk, express themselves, play, and be valued for exactly who they are.
We are confident that your child will leave our school with a strong sense of self and a solid foundation for how to learn, how to speak up, how to work in a group, and how to share who they are and what they know.