Based on an emergent child-centered approach, our curriculum offers experiences that allow children to experiment and learn through self-discovery. We encourage children to enjoy the process of each activity rather than focusing on the end result to allow for the expression of individual creativity. Children begin their day in a small group with children of similar age. At activity time children spend time moving throughout the school in a mixed age environment. Music, story and snack take place in small group and then everyone plays outside together. Each day children will have a chance to visit the following areas: Art, Science, Writing , Block building, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives , Sensory Tables, Music and Movement. We bake weekly utilizing our kitchen facilities. We play outdoors every day, weather permitting and offer the children opportunities for climbing, swinging, digging, running, riding and sledding in the winter. We have several in-house field trips including a fire truck, dental hygienist, puppeteer and an outdoor science visit from the Audubon Society.
“We love the way Longmeadow nurtures our children while challenging them to take the next step in their development. The attitude of respect and acceptance is priceless.”
We are an “allergy friendly” school. We make accommodations as necessary to allow all children to partake in daily snack and baking activities. We have many recipes that enable us to continue our cooking curriculum, regardless of the allergies of our children.
Home School Connections
We warmly welcome you to join us as a guest reader of the day, share a special talent, or just come play. Parents and siblings are always welcome to visit us on the playground at pick-up time.
October’s parent night features a slide show and exploration of our emergent curriculum development. One evening is set aside to allow children the opportunity to invite their families to experience and explore the curriculum. Family Day at the end of the year involves parents, siblings and other relatives in our Longmeadow community.