“...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 School House, 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 School House places a focus upon. The social and emotional skills developed as well as the confidence built in the early years will put children on the path to success not only in academics, but in all aspects of their lives.
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 day at Blossom follows a predictable rhythm. The day begins with outdoor play (typically at one of the nearby playgrounds) and nature study, as well as a shared snack. For the 2021/2022 academic year, we will be using the Chickie and Roo Oregon Nature Study. We then return to the school house for packed lunches and some free play before delving into art or science time. We use Glitterbomb for our art curriculum, which often relates to unit studies we may be doing and lets children be creative using a wide variety of art mediums. Mystery Science, our science curriculum for 2021/2022, encourages children to think about questions such as, "Why are butterflies colorful?" and our library of science experiment books encourages children to choose what they're curious about. We then settle down, snuggle up with our class guinea pigs, and read aloud books related to our current unit studies. For example, a unit on farm life included reading Charlotte's Web and Julia Rothman's Farm Anatomy. After our reading selections for the day, children are guided through either language arts (using Handwriting Without Tears curriculum and Pinwheels curriculum) or math (Math with Confidence curriculum) instruction. 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, splashing in puddles, and more are all possibilities during this time. Back inside, we gather for snack or Poetry Tea Time. The day then ends with free play as parents arrive to pick up their children.
Meet with Christine, see Blossom's space, and open a discussion on whether our program is a good fit for your child!
Blossom strongly encourages families with children enrolled in our program to form connections and get to know each other! To facilitate this, we will have regular gatherings. As the old saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a child!" Enjoy meeting the parents/caregivers of your child's playmates here at Blossom at events like our Halloween costume party, caroling in the winter, and visiting Oaks Park together in the summer!