The Hartsbrook School

Nursery and Kindergarten

Traditional Classroom

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In our Early Childhood programs (for children two years and nine months through age six), we provide rich exposure to language and culture through stories, songs and verses. Children experience social interactions through imaginative play and practical activity. There is rhythm and balance to each day, with a healthy mixture of active pursuits such as circle games and outdoor play along with quiet activities such as coloring, painting, beeswax modeling and baking. Children also enjoy long walks in nature and visits to the farm animals and garden. Full and half day options are available depending on age.

Forest Classroom

ForestJumpThe natural world is a wise and gifted teacher. Young children need opportunities to connect with the wonder, beauty, tranquility, and integrative activities available in the great outdoors. These experiences provide an essential foundation for development and learning. All Waldorf early childhood classes offer valuable time spent in nature. But the Forest Classroom goes one step further by immersing the children in daily outdoor experiential learning.

Our Forest Classroom is situated in the field and forest of our beautiful campus, nestled between farmland and the Seven Sisters Mountain Range of the Pioneer Valley. Children spend the mornings outdoors in creative meaningful play, and return indoors for lunch, rest and respite from extreme weather.

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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