Early Childhood Education           ages 3¼ - 6

Our goal in the Greenwood School Kindergarten is to help children develop the executive functioning skills they need to thrive in first grade—and in life. When children have opportunities to develop executive functioning and self-regulation skills—paying attention, being patient, having empathy, taking turns, focusing, persevering, controlling impulses, following directions—they experience lifelong benefits. 

Empathy is a key element of emotional intelligence

Empathy is a key element of emotional intelligence

Greenwood School also preserves the magic of childhood—we cultivate joy, wonder, humor, creativity, and human connection. Deep bonds are formed with teachers and other children. Children develop compassion and responsibility because they work and play in real time without the distractions of formal lessons or screen time.

Our three-year preschool/kindergarten program leaves students with a healthy sense of self, strong imaginations, an interest in learning, and a developing sense of respect for others and the environment. Multi-age classrooms reflect the natural groupings found in families, neighborhoods, and communities and promote the development of leadership and social skills.

Fine motor skill development leads to better penmanship

Fine motor skill development leads to better penmanship

Kindergarten teachers Peggy Rock and Marcy Summers take a whole-child approach and begin to access the children’s mind through their budding will and active hands. Developmentally, this is where the young child lives – in doing and testing. They trust children to learn through engagement with the world.

Learning how to get along with friends is an important life skill

Learning how to get along with friends is an important life skill

Our soothing classrooms have thoughtful toys and activities to entice and develop all of the senses. This hones an ability to concentrate and fosters clarity of purpose. The teachers nourish the imagination and ignite the ever-present wonder in children through music, art, drama and movement. The focus is on pre-literacy, where the children learn to listen, focus and refocus in order to develop the reading comprehension and pre-math skills so necessary for future grades.

Our multi-age kindergarten welcomes children ages 3¼ to 6.

A child’s play is not simply a reproduction of what he has experienced, but a creative reworking of the impressions he has acquired.
— Vygotsky