A Sample Day
Children often start their day in the garden immersed in free-play. There is a tire climber, canoe. sandbox and airplane seesaw. We also have a very happening mud kitchen and lots of loose parts such as spools, planks, blocks, and tires. Children tend to vegetable and flower gardens and eat as many organically growing raspberries and strawberries as they can fit in their mouth! There is lots of fun to be had in this idyllic garden.
Circle Time and Healthy Snack
Whether inside or out, circle time is our time to gather as a community. Songs are sung and verses recited that are connected to the seasons and to our planned activities. We discuss on-going studies and share ponderings. Children prepare the class snack. Our snacks are fruits and vegetables, freshly made bread or pizza, and whole grains
Children can often be found collaging with natural or repurposed materials, learning about the local ecology, creating self-portraits, and sewing- just to name a few. One day a week, children join Jenny Murphy of Babies and Grands for a music class.
We head out to one of our favorite spots on the grounds of Andrus-on-Hudson. While we walk, we may stop to observe birds and insects and flowers. Our nature classrooms include the Wisteria Pergola, the Weeping Beech tree, the Totem Pole Castle, or the Great Hill of the North Meadow. Children enjoy wild play and discoveries and investigations. This time is incredibly important to us. The children develop personal connections to the land, and to each other.
Afternoon Fun (For the 3-5 year olds, our 2's children head home at noon)
Children eat lunch brought from home, then play in our creative indoor classrooms and enjoy storytime and projects. Most days children spend time in the garden, go on an afternoon nature walk or visit with our Grand friends living at Andrus-on-Hudson.
To register, schedule a visit, or ask additional questions, please contact Theresa McCaffrey at