“...my object is to show that the chief function of the child--his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life--is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses...”
― Charlotte Mason
At Blossom Preschool, we respect each child as an individual. We focus on who they are rather than what they know. Sharing and taking turns, empathizing, imagining and creating, asking questions, taking risks, discovering how to problem solve with peers, and learning how to try again after failure are all skills Blossom Preschool places a focus upon. The social and emotional skills developed as well as the confidence built in the preschool years will put children on the path to success when more of an emphasis is placed on academic learning in later years.
Research shows that possessing good executive functioning skills leads to greater success later in life... and these skills are built during unstructured play, when the child must make decisions on how they will utilize the time and materials available to them as well as how to interact appropriately with playmates. Blossom therefore has a play-based, child-led approach to learning. Inspiration is drawn from the Waldorf philosophy and the Charlotte Mason method.
A morning at Blossom follows a predictable rhythm. The day begins with the Morning Basket, which holds song lyrics, stories, and poetry that we will be focusing on for that particular week. A song is sung, a story (or chapter of a longer book) is read, a poem is recited. Children may move about the room freely or sit with teacher Christine. Children will then be invited to explore subjects such as math, reading, writing, science, and the arts through learning activities such as mark making in rice or sand, number grouping with objects from nature, magnetic letter matching, and play dough stamping. Social, emotional, and creative skills will also be encouraged through activities such as small world play. Snack is served in the style of a family tea party. The class then moves outside, where children are given the opportunity to run, jump, catch, throw, climb, explore, and get messy! Gardening, building fairy houses out of natural materials, and mud kitchen play are all possibilities during this time. Back inside, children are invited to participate in a theme week activity or use the sensory tables. Blossom will regularly have theme weeks focusing on topics such as mushrooms, birds of the Pacific Northwest, the moon, and more! The small class size (no more than six students) at Blossom will allow teacher Christine to create theme weeks inspired by each student's individual interests. As this activity concludes, lunch is served. The morning then ends with free play as parents arrive to pick up their children. Children staying through the afternoon can expect some rest and/or quiet time before enjoying various activities before Blossom closes at 5:00 pm.
Open House - 08.11.2019
Meet with Christine, see Blossom's space, and open a discussion on whether our program is a good fit for your child! This is also a great time to meet other families interested in Blossom Preschool.
Blossom strongly encourages families with children enrolled in our preschool program to form connections and get to know each other! To facilitate this, we will have seasonal potluck gatherings. As the old saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child!" Enjoy food and conversation, and meet the parents/caregivers of your child's playmates here at Blossom!