How much time will children spend outdoors?
Our goal is 60 minutes/day (weather permitting).
What is the student/teacher ratio?
Student: Teacher 6:1 (from 6-10 students we will have an aide).
Does the preschool follow a school schedule or year round? What is your holiday schedule?
Explorations follow the school calendar which can be found here: http://www.ghcfe.org/for-parents/2016-2017-calendar
How often are toys cleaned/replaced?
Most of our toys will be natural and “undone” (almost finished) to allow the child’s imagination to fill in the rest. Toys will be cleaned on a daily basis. Children will participate in daily life skills development, including tasks that are applicable to the home (e.g. wiping down toys, sweeping, setting the table.
Are children required to sleep? Is there a nap schedule?
Children are not required to sleep. However, they are required to rest. We are having custom furniture built and I hope to include basic toddler bed frames (retractable) for the Pre-K age group.
If you don’t have a gym or gym class, will students receive appropriate exercise?
We understand that recess and exercise are integral for body and brain growth from Pre-K through High School. GHCFE will begin each day, as a school, with yoga and meditation. Unlike other schools whose students participate in Physical Education once or twice a week, we are excited to offer daily yoga and meditation. Teachers and students alike will partake in the daily activities. We also will be going outside daily to explore our natural world. Our school has a natural, grassy area nearby which will be incorporating into our recess and lesson periods. We are also partnering with CAAEL to offer after-school intramurals.
What is your favorite thing about Grace Holistic Center for Education? What makes it unique?
My favorite thing about GHCFE is that my children will be given the freedom to truly learn. By this, I mean that they will be encouraged to remain curious, explorative, creative, and brave. At GHCFE, are shown that each of them has something unique to contribute to the learning environment, and to celebrate that on a daily basis.