We consider our classroom environment to be the third educator in the classroom. Classrooms are designed to be home-like that support a child's natural curiosity and inquiry. Natural and educational materials are accessible to children, artwork is framed exhibiting our respect for their work. Classrooms have large windows, open spaces for creating, building and imagining, cozy reading corners and neutral colored and child sized furnishings offer a calming, peaceful environment in which to work and play!
Although we follow a daily schedule where play, meals and rest time are appointments that we keep to help order the day, we also value flexibility and impromptu experiences which philosophically supports emergent curriculum.
We love nature! Rain, snow or shine, we consider the outdoors an extension of our classrooms!
Vegetable and flower gardens, oversized sand play areas, bike riding paths, climbing structures, shade trees and The Groton School grounds provide limitless opportunities for fresh air, sunshine, exercise and exploration of the natural world!
Children within each classroom form close bonds with one another and with their teachers. This is vital in the formation of a young child's trust in the world and to the beginning of understanding and practicing social/emotional skills. Building healthy relationships and
communications between home and school are also essential to providing a consistent and loving experience for the child's treasured first years of life. Daily communication notes are kept and shared with families for infants and toddlers and all of the classrooms send home a weekly newsletter.
"It has been said that the environment should act as a kind of aquarium which reflects the ideas, ethics, attitudes and cultures of the people who live in it. This is what we are working towards"