This page is text from the new brochure Oct2013 with some additions by Lynne.
Text is to be added to pages in the site, Preschool, Philosophy, etc
We Care for every part of a Child's Nature -
Guided by the principles of Waldorf Education, A Child's Nature strives to educate the whole child: heart, hands, mind and spirit.
Each child finds within themselves a competent, capable individual able to step out into the world with confidence.
NUTRITION Natural foods, a natural lifestyle – A Child's Nature is committed to teaching children about healthy eating. We serve nutritious food, such as whole grains and fresh vegetables, everyday. Older children participate in preparing these meals. This helps them cultivate an appreciation for wholesome, unprocessed food. Lunches are brought from home, and teachers encourage the children to eat their "good growing foods" before snack items. The children's growing bodies also need a healthy balance of activity and rest; we provide active play in the fresh air and sunshine, movement indoors and peaceful nap times.
CREATIVITY Artistic experiences, imaginative play – Our program strives to inspire creativity. We do this by encouraging imaginative play and engaging in daily artistic activities. The children play with simple, natural toys such as cloth dolls and wooden animals and blocks, which leave room of the child to live into the play. The children experience a variety of the arts: watercolor painting, modeling, singing, movement, stories,and puppet plays. In addition, we participate in a wide range of beautiful festivals and celebrations, which also inspires the imagination.
COMMUNITY Purposeful work, shared fun – Young children learn about the value of community by being a part of their immediate community, their family, and group of friends. Our program includes many opportunities for the children to engage in purposeful work together, copying the teacher and helping each other in all the daily tasks of living. The children enjoy sweeping and washing soapy dishes, building play houses, baking bread for all to share. A Child's Nature also plays an active role in the wider local community. We offer community meals, elder care outreach and participate in local events such as the Milford Pumpkin Festival and Peterborough Children and the Arts.
ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS Daily outdoor adventures – Our program is inspired by nature and strives to help children develop a life-long interest in the natural world. Our campus allows the opportunity for children to experience a true "forest classroom." Our beautiful play areas and forest trails provide the perfect backdrop for nourishing the nature-loving spirit within every child.