Little Green School House (PDX)

APPROACH

The Little Green Schoolhouse is an all-inclusive preschool program encouraging each child’s unique learning style through hands-on experiences. Our program’s activities in art, music, literacy, sensory exploration, movement, math, and science celebrate a child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm.

Children ages 3 to 5 are welcome. We have a daily schedule to provide structure, but also allow for flexibility based on the children’s interests and needs. Children are active members of the learning community, and both mutual respect and acceptance of differences are central to our mission. Children are assigned weekly jobs to encourage their sense of ownership and responsibility within the school community, and on-going, community-building activities are woven into the curriculum. Self-care is also addressed, with children demonstrating independence by managing personal clothing, hygiene, and meal activities.

“A child’s world is fresh and new, full of wonder and excitement. If I had influence with the good fairy of all children, I should ask that her gift be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life”
~Rachel Carson

Literacy shapes all that we do at the Little Green Schoolhouse. Carefully selected children’s literature forms thematic threads for the day’s activities. “Read alouds” fuel the children’s creativity, and dynamic retellings using props and a puppet theatre are encouraged. Letterforms and sounds are also introduced through imaginative play.

A child’s early experience with books should be one of wonder and magic; the act of being read to draws the child “into” the book, which inspires a life-long passion for reading.

“Your mountain is waiting, So…get on your way!”
~ Dr. Suess

Both outdoor and indoor gross motor play are an important part of our program. Our natural landscape with a climbing structure and balance beam, includes a sand-play area and garden to encourage imaginative play, balance and coordination, and sensory experiences. The indoor space is equipped with a hanging swing and materials for small-scale obstacle courses. Yoga is integrated into the daily circle-time routine.

The innate need for artistic and musical expression is also fundamental to our curriculum. Opening and closing circles always include singing and making music together. We love to sing and dance! Our sandbox cover also doubles as a stage, as all the world is a stage!