The Hartsbrook School

Early Childhood

ECboyWebOur Early Childhood programs attend to children’s unfolding capacities and awakening interests and meet their deep devotion to life with a gentle, loving environment. Young children imitate and absorb their surroundings deeply. At Hartsbrook great consideration is given to the children’s play environment, which is created to be beautiful, healthy and natural.

In addition to a nurturing space, we also offer rhythm and balance in daily and weekly schedules and opportunities for children to experience new social interactions in a safe setting. Our programs provide the foundation for developing creative thinking and sound character through activity, imitation and imaginative play.

Please visit the pages for our Early Childhood programs:

Cricket on the Hearth: Parent-Baby and Parent-Child classes that deepen our parenting capacities and nourish our children, up to age 4.

Nursery and Kindergarten: Children ages 2.9 to 6 receive rich exposure to language, culture, and social interaction through stories, songs, verses, imaginative play, and practical activities.

See Also

Rachel Kennedy, Hartsbrook Forest Kindergarten Teacher, “My Path to the Forest” (Renewal Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014)

Hartsbrook School to Launch ‘Forest Classroom’ to Integrate Play, Nature and Learning (Springfield Republican, April 16, 2014)

From the Hartsbrook Blog — Early Childhood

State of the School Address
Hello, my name is Virginia McWilliam and I am the newly appointed Pedagogical Chair. I work alongside Fran Cameron who is the Administrative Chair. I am deeply grateful for her grace and incredible talents in the work of helping direct the school into the future. The horizon for many of the teachers at the school is somewhat defined by of…

The Kindergarten Autumn Festival
A splendid new school year has begun as we greet these early autumn days and bid farewell to the long hot days of summer. The last of the summer roses are in bloom, sunflowers bend their heavily-laden heads towards the earth, and purple Michaelmas daisies bedeck the meadows and hedgerows. The fruit has ripened, the grains have been harvested, and…

Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Hartsbrook
A good IDEA.  The Hartsbrook School has embarked on an exciting new inclusion, equity, and diversity initiative.  Through a collaborative process between the Family Association, Faculty Conference, Board of Trustees, staff, alumni, and other community members, the school formed a one-year Ad-Hoc Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee to conduct a rigorous analysis over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year…

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