Early Childhood

“I can feel my roots beneath me, where the school family is still living, but I feel my branches and leaves stretching up toward the sky, where my future lies.” – Laura Johnson ‘05

In Early Childhood, PWS provides an inspiring environment

both inside our cozy classrooms and outdoors by our field, streams, playgrounds, and magical Walnut Hill playspace and garden. The young child is held in reverence by loving teachers and parents and allowed to explore the beauty that surrounds them, planting the seeds of imagination, creativity, and confidence.


Bluebell Parent/Child Classes

These classes provide families with an opportunity to connect with other parents in a supportive community atmosphere while providing a gentle introduction to social life for your little one through simple movement games, seasonal songs and activities. Teachers provide support and encouragement, providing parents with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of child development, joyfully engage in playful activity, create healthy rhythms that simplify parenting, and discover the importance of play in the early years.

Tuesdays

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mondays

9:00 am – 11:30 am (doors open at 8:45 am)

Wednesdays

9:00 am – 11:30 am (doors open at 8:45 am)


Huckleberry Pre-Kindergarten

Our Preschool program offers young children ages 3-4 a simple daily rhythm as the teachers weave simple songs, movement games, and stories with indoor and outdoor free play. The simplicity of our beautiful classrooms allows our teachers to guide children through the gentle rhythms of each day in a joyful and predictable manner. Our playful curriculum supports the development of hand-eye coordination, attention span, awareness of patterns and sequencing, and appreciation for the beauty of language.

Thursday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Monday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Monday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Thursday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm


Rose & Lily Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten program offers young children ages 4-6 daily opportunities for dynamic, self-initiated free play with ample time and space provided for both indoor and outdoor activities. Artistic and domestic activities such as watercolor painting, natural crafts, baking and seasonal cooking nourish and delight the senses. With a deep understanding of child development, our teachers take great care to inspire natural learning in a relaxed and peaceful setting. Through structured and unstructured activity, the development of hand-eye coordination, attention span, awareness of patterns, and appreciation for the beauty of language foster the child’s natural capacities for literacy, numeracy, and imaginative spatial and scientific thinking. The combination of a nurturing environment, predictable rhythm, and mindful teaching support each child in building their solid foundation for future academic success, an intact sense of wonder, and a lifelong love of learning.

 

Monday-Friday

8:30 am – 1:00 pm

 


“Cricket Care” Early Childhood Aftercare

The Early Childhood aftercare program provides a weekly rhythm of opportunities for resting, creative play, nourishment, and active play for children in the Early Childhood programs. After a busy morning of work and play, the children are provided with a quiet space in which to rest, have a snack, play, and work on seasonal crafts—both inside and outside.

Monday-Friday

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm