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

May Fair Festival – A Celebration of Springtime
The First of May began with the Hartsbrook  community gathering to sing together before heading off  to play and work on our beautiful land. Older students joined together throughout the campus – gardens were tended, new plants planted and seeds sown in the fields.  Early Childhood students processed throughout the school bringing fresh flowers to teachers and staff.  Coming back together we met in…

Ebb and Flow
Dear Hartsbrook Parents, This is the time of year when we look ahead to next year and we would like to share progam and faculty changes with you! EARLY CHILDHOOD For the last few years, our early childhood classes have been full. We have decided to add a fifth mixed age kindergarten next year to accommodate the influx of students. Enrollment…

Simplifying Together, One Small Change at a Time
By Janet Lynch Hartsbrook parent & Certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach Beginning last October, two groups of parents from Hartsbrook and beyond have been gathering monthly at our school to explore the themes of Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. The parents, whose children range…

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