The School

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The rhythm of the day…

We begin every day at 9:00 with Music time, singing and playing music, learning poems, dancing and sharing our observations.

At 9:30 we begin Playtime, using imaginations and building friendships.  There are blocks and dolls, dress-up and play kitchen, puzzles and toy cars – but most importantly there are friends to play with.  The art room is always available – for painting, drawing, cutting, glue, clay or play-dough, or many days for cooking – baking bread, making applesauce, roasting beets, making muffins.

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At 10:30, everyone helps clean up all the materials, and after using the bathroom, we all sit down for a simple snack that I have prepared.

At 11:00, we get dressed for the weather and head outdoors for an hour of Outside play.  There are swings and a slide, a rock pile and water-factory, a big cedar tree and a tree tunnel, paths through the garden, a sandbox, and a digging pit.  We might play hide-and-seek or My Friend Fox, or help work in the garden, or pick plums or raspberries to eat.

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After lunch, we gather in our circle for storytelling, and the day ends at 1:00 with a farewell song.

At 12:00, we return inside for lunch, brought from home, and eaten around the table together, with lovely manners and friendly conversation.

After lunch, we gather in our circle for storytelling, and the day ends at 1:00 with a farewell song.

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The rhythm of the year…

The school year begins in late summer and follows the Portland Public Schools calendar of breaks through mid-June.

Our activities, songs, and stories change with the seasons. Every month we invite families to join us for a Family Music Morning.  Several times a year, we invite parents to join us for seasonal celebrations.

Children attend three or four mornings a week, Tuesday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Children who will be three or four years old by September 1 are invited to apply.

To apply…

Please call to arrange a visit.  Enrollment is ongoing until all spaces for the coming year are filled.   Mia Pisano 
503-449-8671