Child Centered Curriculum

At Papoose we develop the whole child. Through hands-on activities, natural kid-powered toys, thematic units and child-centered learning, our literature-rich environment includes Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL).  Everything is designed to help your child build meaningful connections, learning tools and social communication skills — important building blocks to becoming a healthy, happy, successful individual.

The Place

Our Preschool room was completed in Spring 2007 and was constructed with formaldehyde free insulation, low VOC paint, natural cork flooring, allergen free hydronic heating, and locally harvested sustainable woods in the cabinets and trim.  The kitchen has a recycled concrete countertop and the full bathroom uses a low-flush toilet.

Upon completion of construction, the artist Nancy Strand (Mike’s mom), painted a 25 foot long mural based on the book Where the Wild Things Are.  The steel overhead beams are capable of holding a multitude of swings, rings, fairy houses, and ropes which make our obstacle courses something to see!

The Adventure Play Yard

Our pride and joy (and our “Third Teacher”) is our Adventure Play yard.  Approximately 1/4 acre of natural fun! Our sloped Adventure yard offers a large sandbox, kid-powered water pump, a rocket slide, tree house, climbing ropes and numerous “hidden” nooks and crannies to explore or build a fort.  Children work alongside us in our garden area with three raised bed gardens, two apple trees, five blackberry and five blueberry bushes that the children planted!

Our Adventure Yard is so full of adventure that we ask that all parents supply their child with a pair of overalls, sturdy shoes and a long sleeved shirt.

Our Outside Play Space

Papoose also enjoys a 550 square foot deck as permanent outside play space.  The deck was constructed with the generous assistance of our “Papoose Parents” who came together to help install the beams and the cedar decking.  The cedar deck and railing are finished in low VOC natural stains and the deck has a hidden fastener system so that there are no exposed screws.

The deck has a 27 square foot sand box, water table (weather permitting), loft area with attached tunnel slide, and two child sized picnic tables for outdoor dining and projects.

Eco-Healthy Preschool

Papoose Preschool uses all biodegradable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic cleaners and actively recycles and composts. Every effort has been made to ensure a safe, healthy environment for your child and our planet.