8:00 am to 12:30 pm ($35/Day)

VISITORS SIMPLY PARTICIAPTE IN OUR DAILY RHYTHM: For those who may be asking, "what exactly is Playschool;" very simply, we help build healthy children through an organic childhood. Childhood serves as both the foundation for and development of the whole child.

It is the right of every child to have a childhood, the preservation of which is becoming nearly impossible to claim. However, what happens each day at BeeLoved Farm Playschool returns the right to a healthy childhood to our most precious and young souls....the children.

These children are definitely claiming their childhood in all of their "doings". Children are "doing" little beings, so they have lots of time for sweeping-up crumbs, wash lunch napkins and hang them on the drying rack, wash bowls, scrubbing painting clothes on the little washboards, filling wheelbarrows with compost, planting seed babies in their beds, watering the garden, harvesting the bounty, cutting vegetables, kneading bread, grinding grains, crimping oats, cracking nuts, grinding nuts, churning butter, peeling apples, picking fruit and helping make the lovely little farm feel like home.

LifeWays Care practices are based upon the fundamental need for relationship-based care (bonding and continuity), neurological research, and recognition of living arts (domestic, nurturing, creative and social arts) as central to the advancement of children's social, emotional and intellectual skills.As LifeWays Care or Waldorf-trained teachers, we focus on five areas of the child's care; warmth, rest, rhythm, activity, and nutrition.

Finally, I'll say just a few words about singing, stories, puppet plays, rhymes, riddles, fairy tales and circle games. Language development and physical development and virtues are three primary areas of focus for our teachers. Our circle games are certainly fun, but we try our best to help develop the children's large and fine motor skills, provide opportunities for sensory integration, provide vestibular activity, joint compression, watch for retained reflexes, coordination and even head orientation. A child's language skills, memory and creativity are developed with songs (right brained activity), rhymes, riddles, and verses. The fairy tales, puppet plays and pedagogical stories aid in the development of a child's memory, critical thinking skills, tracking (reading skill), and their virtues. Einstein once said, "if you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales".

 

BeeLoved Farm Playschool Children's Center Rhythm of the Day:

8:00-8:30 am   Awaiting Children's Arrival (there is no "late" to the playschool)
8:30 am  

Inside &/or Outside Play & Daily Activity (dependent upon weather & activity)

9:20 am   Tidy-Up Time
9:30 am   Circle Time 
9:40 am    Use Restroom & Wash Hands
9:50 am   Blessing & Morning Snack
10:20 am   Clean Up Snack Table
10:35 am   Visit Farm Animals, Collect Eggs, Feed Snack to Animals & Outside Play
11:30 am   Bathroom Break & Wash Hands
11:40 am   Puppet Show/Storytime
11:50 pm   Blessings & Lunch
12:30 pm   Clean Up Lunch Table & Sing Good-Bye Song to Playschool Friends Leaving After Lunch

 

 

Daily Activity: Monday-Coloring, Tuesday-Baking & Cooking, Wednesday-Crafting or Gardening, Thursday-Painting, Friday-Laundry and Nature Activity

 

Menu

 

Time
9:50 am
11:50 am
Monday
Rice Porridge with a Smidge of Maple Syrup with Milk
Veggie Soup & Homemade Bread with Fairy Dust* Served with Milk
Tuesday
Oatmeal with a Smidge of Maple Syrup with Milk
Black, Pinto, & Red Beans & Rice with Fairy Dust* Served with Milk
Wednesday
Amaranth with a Smidge of Maple Syrup with Milk
Millet & Sunflower Seeds, Topped with Bragg'swith Fiary Bed Served with Milk
Thursday
Buckwheat Porridge with a Smidge of Maple Syrup with Milk
Polenta & Cheese, Topped with Braggs and Fairy Dust* Served with Milk
Friday
Quinoa Served with Braggs Minerals Topped with Fairy Dust
Yellow Lentils, Mirepoix, Rapunzel, and Coconut Milk Served with Milk

* Fairy Dust is double toasted sesame seeds ground with nutritional yeast and a smidge of Himalayan salt in a mortar pestle
All meals are made from scratch with organic ingredients and no preservatives or additives.
Variations in the menu may change based on seasonal foods available on the farm. Raw products used whenever possible
Dessert after every lunch is Fermented Sauerkraut (children love it!)


8:00 am to 3:00 pm ($45/Day)

(includes activities and meals from the 8:00am to 12:30pm schedule)

After the children have had an opportunity to rest, they wake and we help them gently rise to meet their afternoon. We fill a large basin with warm water and add the essence of birch or rosemary oil. We wash each child's face with one of the handmade face clothes and then gently stroke his or her head with his or her own boar-bristle brush. We feel it is important to bond with our little ones and remember that a child who has been gently roused from sleep is likely to remain grounded and contained a bit more once they begin to interact with others and become engaged with their world.

A hearty snack, followed by hearty play will set the tone for the rest of the evening. A child simply must have rigorous activity in the afternoon in order to properly prepare for their bedtime. We call it "framing" and early bedtimes are best achieved once a child has worked hard and played.

Again, the nap-time and the meal certainly provide for a healthy "in breathing" time, wherein the activity is held by the teachers. Then, after snack, the children are provided some "out breathing" time, wherein the child directs their own activity. It's at times between the pause (meals), inbreathing (teacher led activity), and outbreathing (child led activity) that many important lessons are learned; thus we allow the children the entire space of the farm for just such lessons.

The children often want to play with the young calves or newly hatched chickens. They love to run through the cow fields or help "groom" the land by gathering sticks into a pile. They are endlessly curious about things such as milking the cow, feeding the animals and watering the garden. As master imitators, we find that once they've seen Mr. Bill racking leaves, they too need to make their own pile of leaves, which serve as fluffy forts once they've got a high-enough pile gathered.

Once the children have fully exhausted themselves with a myriad of imaginative games, playing, exploring and helping with the farm chores, they will certainly be ready for their parents to "frame" an early bedtime with dinner, bath, laying out the next day's clothes, story-time or whatever happens to be the family's bedtime routine.

BeeLoved Farm LifeWays Rhythm of the Day:

12:30 pm   Farewell to "Morning" Children
12:45 pm  

Brush Teeth, Bathroom Break & Wash Hands

12:55 pm   Enter Resting/Nap Room, Bed Set Up, Story Time, Lavender Oil Foot Rub, Sing & Play Harp
2:30 pm   Wake Up Time, Warm Cloth Face Wash, Hair Brushing (each child has their own hair brush)
3:00 pm   Prepare For Farewell Short Afternoon Farewell
 
 

Menu

Time
3:00 pm
Monday
Yogurt Sprinkled with Nuts & Fruit
Tuesday
Humus & Carrots
Wednesday
Hard Boiled Eggs
Thursday
Cheese & Nuts
Friday
Yogurt Sprinkled with Nuts & Fruit

All meals are made from scratch with organic ingredients and no preservatives or additives.
Variations in the menu may change based on seasonal foods available on the farm. Raw products used whenever possible.

Taught by Serena Syn ~ Certified Waldorf Early Childhood Education Teacher and LifeWays Trainer

4 Monday Classes in October, 2013 (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th).

9:00am to 11:30am.

Our Parent-Child classes are an enriching and nurturing way to form community and learn about the developmental stages of early childhood. This two and a half hour, once a week class, will include; Waldorf parent education, parent-child songs and nursery rhymes, craft activities, games, farm animal visits and sharing a farm-style, wholesome snack.

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