Nature & Play
Connection to nature is a key part of our life philosophy and our parenting philosophy! Fostering this connection to nature and encouraging time outdoors will be a big part of a child's experience at the school. We do this both through outdoor experiences as well as bringing the outdoors indoor.
Outdoor play, walks in the neighborhood and experiencing nature in the city will be a daily activity that a light rain or wind can’t stop!
For regular outdoor play, we plan to use a number of outdoor spaces close to the school:
The Stanton Elementary School playground
Carpenter’s Green at 17th and Carpenter: A spacious green space with spray ground expected to be completed by the end of this year. View playground
Marion Anderson Recreation Center on S. 17th Street. View playground
Our toddlers and preschoolers will have gardening projects at the community garden on 15th street where the school has reserved a number of plots. View garden
We continue to build strategic partnerships with organizations like the Schuylkill Nature Center and educators that are trained in nature-based early learning programs.
Experiencing Nature Indoors
Also of importance is our philosophy in bringing the outdoors indoors. Designed to be aesthetically pleasing, each classroom maximizes natural light and follows several aspects of the Reggio Emilia style with items from nature brought in for exploration and learning. Each classroom has indoor plants and nature-related projects. Our curriculum is built on monthly nature-based themes.
Indoor Gross Motor Play Spaces
The school has 2 spacious gross motor spaces on the main level (for Toddlers) and the basement (for Preschool & Pre-K ers). We have invested in 2 play spaces dedicated to and designed specifically for each age group. Each play space has natural light and is equipped with carefully selected items that encourage gross motor development .