Early Childhood

Birchwood School of Hawkens early childhood program attends to young children in their burgeoning engagement with the world around them, nurturing their curiosity and fostering the competency human beings require for self-worth.

Nurturing Each Child’s Unique Potential

Our program flows from our mission to address the unique potential and growth pace of individual children. Teachers deftly employ time-tested pedagogies which will meet the needs of particular children at different times.

Close observation of children’s interests and abilities allows teachers to plan for the next step of individual children’s growth. The play-based curriculum provides space for learning to emerge from children’s interests as well as from worlds introduced to them by their teachers and peers.

The school day includes extended open-ended playtime both indoors and outdoors, where they can dig in the dirt or climb up a slide. Art and music expression are integral to a literacy-rich environment.

Additionally, if children demonstrate readiness and interest, they may begin to read and develop spatial and numerical understanding to their capacity; we do not ask them to wait until kindergarten.
Children often engage in loose parts play, which allows them to study a concrete object, such as sticks or buttons, through play and engagement.

This type of play encourages children to make connections with other knowledge they possess and begin to create new paths of understanding: the hallmarks of creative thinking and problem-solving.

We divide our early childhood program into small class sizes of:

Seedlings (preschool) – 3-4 year olds
Sprouts (pre-kindergarten) – 4-5 year olds

  • Their day starts with drop-off beginning at 8 am.
  • Class comes together to begin at 8:15 am.
  • Children rest during the day and eat lunch and two snacks provided by their parents.
  • Children are dismissed at 3:20 pm.
  • Before care is available beginning at 7 am and after care runs from 3:20 pm until 6 pm.
Early childhood enrollment consideration:

  • All enrolled preschool students must be able to use restroom facilities independently.
Every child is born with the potential to become a great human being. Such great potential requires careful nurturing of shining qualities under the vision of loving parents and teachers.