Ages: Birth – 3 years
Teacher: Hollan Whitman
Meets: Fridays, 9:00am-11:00am
The Roots class is A parent child group which meets Fridays from 9 to 11 AM for children birth through three years old. This group is designed to be both a community of support and connection for parents as well as a first taste of school for young children. Together we engage in seasonally appropriate, meaningful activities, both indoors and outdoors, which nurture parent and child in the world of the senses, rhythm, and wonder. For more details, or questions regarding the roots program or enrollment, please contact Ms. Hollan at Hollan@greenwoodtreecoop.org
Greenwood Tree is a place where children gain confidence and flourish through:
• Ample Time to Play and Learn
This program is play-based with daily opportunities for movement, music, crafts, story, and time outdoors. We move through our day at a comfortable pace, that is centered upon the developmental needs of the young child. The curriculum arises from the mood of the seasons, the traditional tasks of daily life such as preparing meals, and tidying up, as well as open-ended free play with beautiful playthings, handmade from natural materials.
• Daily and Seasonal Rhythms Connected to Nature and Art
The children follow a predictable rhythm of activities through the day and week. The schedule has both the form and the flexibility to accommodate the children’s energy and the flow of the particular day. The consistent and dependable schedule provides a safe atmosphere for growth, exploration and learning within the social realm of their peers, other parents and teachers. Nature stories, seasonal songs and festivals awaken children to the turning of the seasons and a reverence for the earth and all living creatures.
• Caring and Community
We model caring and community through the importance we place on the relationship among the children, parents and teachers, as well as our respect for our immediate environment and the earth’s resources. The classroom is a calm and lovingly tended, homelike environment with an emphasis on healthy organic food, eco-friendly materials, and sustainable practices. Greenwood Tree is a place where the imagination is nurtured, childhood is protected, and adults are supported as they navigate their parenting.