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Welcome to Meadow Preschool!

“Children need time outdoors, where they can meet and savor the world that humans have NOT made- pill bugs on a sidewalk, a swarm of tadpoles in a puddle, a tree for climbing… 

–  Scott Russell Sanders

We are scheduled to open September 2017, Space is limited!

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Our Philosophy

Meadow is a nature-based preschool, located in beautiful Santa Monica, providing a high quality program that emphasizes all aspects of a child’s development including: the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and creative pieces. Each child is valued as a unique individual and is nurtured through each stage of development at his or her own pace. We recognize that children learn best through play, and that they come into this world with many different learning styles. Therefore, we provide a wide variety of activities (visual, audio, kinesthetic, etc.) in order to accommodate their various needs and interests. We embrace children’s natural sense of wonder and encourage imaginative reflection and self-discovery.

Together at Meadow, children learn how to share, negotiate, collaborate, and empathize, which helps build a strong foundation for life long problem solving and conflict resolution. Kindness and respect for everyone and everything is promoted in all aspects of our curriculum. We are big believers in the power of positivity and prefer to focus on children’s strengths in order to help foster high self-esteem. A sense of community is also very important to us, and we welcome family involvement in the hope of creating a collaborative environment where we can all learn from each other.

Our name “Meadow” is meant to inspire visions of open grassy garden-like areas surrounded by rich green foliage primed for exploration and discovery. We value nature and strive to provide truly organic experiences for the children both inside the classroom as well as in the outdoor environment.

The Program

Meadow Preschool is open from 9:00am – 2:00pm Monday through Friday, and roughly follows the SMMUSD annual calendar from late August through mid-June. We are closed for summer. Our preschoolers are between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 6 years old. We participate in mixed age play and group time activities, creating more peer-to-peer learning and enhancing our family-like environment. Our low student-to-teacher ratio averages 6:1, and frequently becomes smaller throughout the day. We also provide extra long arrival and pick-up times so families can have a little more flexibility within their daily schedules.

Our Curriculum

Meadow is a nature-based preschool that uses the outdoors, nature, and natural materials as a regular focus in most activities.  We believe children learn best through play, therefore we plan flexible and developmentally appropriate curriculum based on children’s own interests, discoveries, and observations. We seek to develop the “whole” child through meaningful learning opportunities, which could include: art, music, science exploration, gardening, cooking, sewing, woodworking, dramatic play, literature, pre-writing & math, building, constructing, and large & small muscle group activities.  In addition we practice and teach environmentally responsible behavior whenever possible.  We appreciate family involvement and offer ample opportunities for volunteering in the classroom.

Enrichment

Also throughout the year Meadow provides enrichment type classes within our curriculum that can include interesting activities like: karate, yoga, sustainable agriculture, and visiting musicians. These classes will vary and rotate during the school year.