Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ring My Bell!

Well, it's that time of year again: Preschool Open Houses!

Fran's 1st Day at Stone School (2007)
Francis is a proud alumnus of Stone School Cooperative Nursery.  SSCN is housed in a beautiful, historic one-room schoolhouse that just celebrated its 100th birthday. As a cooperative, parents have assist (helper) days; this enables tuition to be beyond reasonable and also creates an amazing sense of community and camaraderie.

Fran, Blaine, and I made so many friends at Stone School.  We had great experiences with both Mrs. Barbara (3's) and Annie (4's) and are excited that Claudia will be joining a Stone School afternoon class in the fall.

In addition to the established teachers that we adore, SSCN boasts a wonderful, welcoming first floor, an indoor motor play area in the basement, and a lovely outdoor playground.  It is a play-based program that supports social-emotional growth.  As a reading teacher, this is exactly the kind of curriculum I recommend for 3s and 4s; play is the academic rigor that is behind strong readers, writers, and mathematicians. Fran's favorite part (and I think mine, too) was the daily ringing of the 100 year-old school bell before recess. Stone School  is currently accepting new students for the 2012-2013 school year and the membership chairs are always happy to arrange a tour and answer questions.

The entire experience at Stone School was completely magical.  I think Francis says it best in this poem:

Fran's 1st poem for Annie on his last day of Stone School

Hopefully, we'll see you in the fall at Stone School!

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