Historically, traditional early childhood programs have been geared towards the employment-focused academic skill set of public schools at the expense of a kind of education which helps children make sense of their own immediate worlds. A healthy and sustainable early childhood curriculum should afford time for children to acquire important foundational skills – thinking skills, skills in human relationships, and rich communication skills.
Our goal is to nurture a sense of caring for the Earth and all its inhabitants and to support choices and decisions grounded in an Earth and human-centered ethic that does not exploit or exclude.
We prioritize eco-literacy that is facilitated by:
The opportunity to participate in varied learning experiences integrating many knowledge areas.
The opportunity for unstructured time – time “to be” and to contemplate, in a natural setting.
The opportunity to observe changes in an environment over time.
The opportunity to play a valued part in real life activities (e.g. gardening, cooking, building, caring for animals, producing art).
The opportunity to develop collaborative, investigative and critical thinking skills.
Exposure to multiple languages (currently we have teachers fluent in French, Spanish and American Sign Language as well as conversational Japanese.)
Encouragement of a sense of wonder about the natural world.
It is this combination of our high quality kindergarten-readiness, combined with our eco-conscious approach that makes Origins Preschool truly unique.
We created Origins to provide warm and beautiful environment for growth, organic food with a focus on quality nutrition, nature-based eco-literacy, mindfulness, small class sizes, excellent teachers and a top-notch curriculum.
With these principles in mind, we are embarking a new paradigm of early childhood education.. to not only give children a basic academic foundation for entering grade school, but to support the philosophies and ideals that will create a generation of emotionally healthy people who value the wise use of resources, cultural diversity, gender equality and a sense of democracy.