4/5 Year-Old Class
Peaceful Heart Preschool
4/5 year-old class
The "Nuts and Bolts"
* One class of up to 10 children led by Jess Matthiae, the owner of Peaceful Heart LLC.
* Class operates Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 - 2:00. We follow the public school calendar (Sept - mid June)
* Tuition: $275/month
* Call or Email Jess for more information! Application forms for the 2016 school year can be found HERE
Sample Daily Schedule
9:00 - Arrival Art Activity- This may include coloring, cutting, gluing or playdough.
9:30 - Morning Circle - Our routines and daily rhythm put in place: We may sing a good morning song, make some yoga shapes, take a few, fun yoga breaths, count, move and dance to music around our circle rug or share stories. We count each day of school and write this number daily on a number chain.
10:00 - Yoga - We will move and breathe and learn body awareness through games, music, play, acting out letters, teamwork, yoga poses, balance, focus, strength building, relaxation and more! We might do poses as a story, dance to a song with animal poses built in or they may create their own new yoga postures!
10:30 - Snack - Organic, healthy snack provided. Bathroom, wash hands, sit together and take a breath to settle and relax our bodies and minds. We eat all together and practice healthy social skills by passing bowls of food around the table. A community event full of stories and laughter.
10:45 - Play - The kids get to explore the classroom (arts and crafts, play kitchen, doll house, building materials and more). The children's main arena of work in preschool is social and emotional development, so during this child-led time, the kids get to test out their skills! Basic activities and materials are always available (crayons, paper, puzzles, books) and other options circulate in based on our monthly theme or to offer a new challenge. I will give input and guidance individually or with small groups of children. Both academically and socially, I will offer new ideas, encourage, assist and step back as necessary depending on what is best for each child and situation at the time. During this time children can feel empowerment and ownership over their activities, interactions and choices. Seeds are planted and I continue to guide and be present, but the children are making the choices.
12:15 - Lunch
12:45 - Rest / Story - We all lie down and listen to music for about 10 minutes and then they listen to a story or two
1:15 - Lesson - Meet some letter characters, sound out and write words, study the human body or the earth based on our current subject
1:30 - Centers - 5 - 10 "centers" are set out around the room for the kids to choose from. Puzzles, letter practice, board games, movement activities, sensory exploration, science experiments, art and more
1:55 - Closing Circle - Review what we learned, take a moment to reflect, say what we're grateful for, sing a song that brings us together so we can say meaningful goodbyes.