Kazoo Early Childhood Education Programs, PreKindergarten
Run, jump, dig, explore, talk, build, tear down, pour, yell, saw, hammer, paint, ride, imagine, sing, wonder, measure, ponder, play, reflect, be alone, examine, experiment, express, daydream.
Our teaching practices are child-centered and developmentally appropriate. We build on the interests of the children, and work together on short- and long-term projects. We embrace schooling for multiple intelligences, and provide ample one-on-one attention to each child.
“Young children’s needs, socially, cognitively, and emotionally, are vastly different developmentally from older children.” –Jean Piaget’s The Child’s Conception of the World.
Young Children’s Development: Their brain development is different from that of an older child, both structurally and in function. A two-year old brain is twice as active as that of an adult. Its plasticity at this stage points to the importance of a safe and caring social and emotional space coupled with a hands-on interactive environment in promoting healthy neurological growth.
With Kleinstuck Preserve as our back yard, nature and environmental awareness are important aspects of the preschool program. We explore the woods often, and bring what we see, hear, touch and smell back into the classroom.
Finally, through education based on a philosophy that teaches love, compassion, trust, fairness, and cooperation, our prekindergarteners are learning the value of community, respect and competence.
- Each child receives careful attention by dedicated and nurturing teachers.
- Children are involved in active learning experiences; making, doing, and creating.
- Children spend their time cooperatively playing and learning with other children.
- Daily activity reflects a comprehensive but flexible schedule.
- Curriculum is adapted to meet the needs of individual children.
Prekindergarten offers morning and full day programs. Admissions is open on a rolling basis for children 3 and 4 years old. Please contact the Kazoo School office at (269) 345-3239, or email gro.loohcsoozak@ofni to take a tour of the school or to apply.
Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the Classroom
- Open-ended day
- Short school day
- Nap time
- Informal learning all the time
- Parent involvement at school
- Movement and learning most of the time
- Careful observation of children’s play and learning
- Child-centered program
- No high-tech tools – multi-sensory instead
- Frequent opportunities for fun and play
- Honoring the integrity and wholeness of young children
- Letting children choose their own activities