Classrooms and Outdoor Play Area
Well stocked with developmental toys, art supplies, and manipulatives, each classroom was designed to meet the curriculum focus of our school, and the individual children in each age group. Our outside play yard is large and spacious with beautiful redwood trees that dot the perimeter and provide shade as children climb, run, bike, dig in the sand, and tend the garden. Climbing structures, large sandbox, playhouse, music wall, and outside classroom space for block building, painting, and nature art are a few of the choices for children.
Fruit trees, vegetables, and flowers flourish as children climb, bike, dig in the sand, and tend our organic garden.
Our garden is planted with Jewish holidays in mind. Chanukah may find us harvesting different varieties of potatoes and onions to make latkes, and pressing olives for oil for the candle lighting. Our year-round sukkah can be found decorated with pumpkins, climbing with beans and flowers, or decorated with children’s art. In the spring, all seven species can be found on the yard as wheat and barley flower to join the grapevine, and fig, pomegranate, olive and date palm trees. Snap peas, cherry tomatoes, grapes, watermelon, and cantaloupe are always waiting to be harvested for snack!
Learning from the Garden
Picture a child involved in a gardening activity such as planting a seed. There are many concepts to explore, discover, and learn.
- Children learn about science and nature when learning the names of, and recognizing, plants.
- They practice math by counting scoops of dirt or the number of peas inside a pod.
- They learn social skills by working with each other and taking turns as they put seeds into the ground.
- They learn about Jewish holidays by watching the cycle of the garden, tasting holiday harvests, and smelling sweet spices.
- Children’s energy is put to constructive use as they rake, weed, till, plant, stake, cultivate, mulch, and water.
- They learn to be gentle as they train tiny vines to wrap around stakes.