About

Environment:

Preschool classrooms often include large groups of children, lots of activity and noise, and constant busy-ness. It can be exciting and engaging to some, but overwhelming and scary to others. Little Makers Preschool, on the other hand, is a place where a child who is more comfortable in a quiet, calm space can feel at ease. We have a maximum of four children per day, with plenty of opportunity for meaningful interactions and peaceful transitions. Little Makers is a preschool for children aged 2 – 5 years.

pillow fort
Pillow fort adventures

Inside: The play room has a great big couch with loads of pillows – perfect for reading, resting, and making pillow and blanket forts. There is a play rug, a rocking chair, and a shelf filled with books, toys, games, and blocks. There is also a chalkboard, felt board, musical instruments, and more!

Making "taco night"
Making “taco night”

Outside: There is a large backyard with plenty of room to run around in the grass. We have an outdoor play kitchen (our “mud kitchen”), a dirt/digging box, and a picnic table. There is a chicken coop and pen, a flower bed, and a vegetable and herb garden. There is so much to explore outside every day! Children are encouraged to play interactive games with each other and use things they find outside to enrich their play.

Curriculum:

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Sharing a seat

Little Makers Preschool’s curriculum is dynamic – it is always changing to accommodate the growth and development of the specific children here. I include aspects of teaching and learning from several modalities, choosing from my knowledge and experience base what will work best for individual children, and the group as a whole. I also follow my own intuition, noting behavior and skills and trying new teaching techniques to best suit each child.

My goal is that each child will have plenty of opportunities to follow their own lead, learn how they best learn, and love being at school. Read more about our current subjects here.

Discipline:

I use Positive Discipline here at the school. Positive Discipline involves providing children with teaching, guidance, and love. It is based on the idea that children do better when they feel better, and that children will be “motivated to cooperate, learn new skills, and offer affection and respect when they feel encouraged, connected, and loved.” (Positive Discipline for Preschoolers, Jane Nelsen, Ed.D, Cheryl Erwin, M.A, Roslyn Ann Duffy) What I love about Positive Discipline is that it serves to guide children in making positive decisions and helps them understand their feelings and their choices.

I am also interested in learning more about other modalities of effective child discipline – ones that serve adults and children alike. I consult closely with parents to figure out what will work best for their child. This is a team effort, and every child is different!

Potty Training:

Children attending Little Makers Preschool do not need to be potty trained. Potty training is a significant milestone, and it’s really important to me to honor each child’s and family’s process with it. When your child is ready to take this step, I’m happy to work with you to provide potty training methods here at Little Makers that reflect your process at home.

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