Learning Through Play.
We believe that a child's parent(s) or guardian(s) are their most crucial teacher; we see ourselves as a resource, and as colleagues to enhance their development, while also giving parents time to spend in the workforce.
We believe an atmosphere of respect, patience and kindness is essential in maintaining the ideal environment for learning in the early years. We strive to role model these practices and work with the children to foster this atmosphere.
We believe that each child possesses a natural curiosity to learn; our job is to observe and create a developmentally appropriate environment that challenges each one to eagerly explore and learn more about the world around them. We see great importance in offering a wide spectrum of activities to help develop and strengthen the whole child. We follow a Reggio Emilia approach to help foster their love of our local wonders.
We believe there are innumerable learning opportunities through peer interactions. Each brings their individualism to social situations where they learn to build friendships, respect others and their work, problem solve, collaborate ideas, resolve conflicts, cooperate with each other, and show appropriate emotions. Teachers are the guides, with respect and wisdom, in these interactions until the child attains the skills necessary to navigate themselves towards self-regulation and successful social relationships.
Snow Flurries (10 weeks to 12 months)
Our infant program is designed to help infants grow in a safe and gentle environment that will help their social, emotional, physical, sensory and intellectual development blossom. Our caregivers know the importance of building a relationship with the infants in our care. The caregivers are attuned to the individual needs of each child. They work with parents to help support the infant’s development in our center as well as at home.
Blizzards (12 months to 2.5 years)
Our toddler program helps children transition from infancy to our preschool program. Our caregivers understand the unique goals of each child and help them with their expressive and receptive language. We allow them to practice independence while receiving support from a trusted caregiver. We encourage them to foster their social skills with peers in a guided setting.
Nor’easters (2.5 years to 5 years)
In our preschool classroom teachers guide children through hands-on discovery and exploration. We believe that children should make their own choices independently while being supported by their caregivers. Most of our time is spent exploring the natural world we have in Carrabassett Valley. We strive to include environmental education in our curriculum everyday. Our curriculum is often based on the interests of the children and projects can vary by the span of the children. We welcome and explore the challenges of their curiosity, energy and enthusiasm.