Living Wisdom Kindergarten in Beaverton, Oregon is for children ages 5 to 6 years old. We create the best learning environment in our Kindergarten classes by having small class size and including yoga, movement, music, art and creative play. We also provide a holistic introduction to traditional the academic subjects. The comforting structure of daily routine is complimented by flexible, experiential curriculum, creating a totally inclusive education experience. We provide a nurturing environment which fosters the children’s imagination, creativity, calm focus, discovery and love of learning.
Our Kindergarten curriculum is child-centered, hence we see the whole child and provide guidance to help each child develop their unique gifts. We also help them to develop the important “how to live” skills of compassion, curiosity, concentration and cooperation. Our classes are guided by the Education for Life philosophy and our experienced educators are trained to tune into each individual child’s energy, as well as the rhythm of the group. By observing and responding to each child, teachers are able to guide children to take the next step in their growth, maturity, learning and development.
Early Literacy and Traditional Academics with Developmentally Appropriate Activities
We also provide an interdisciplinary and holistic introduction to traditional academic subjects. Our teachers introduce early literacy and traditional academics like math, science, reading, writing, geography and social studies with developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Teachers tune in to the interest and abilities of each individual child to stimulate their excitement for learning. Our small school environment also provides opportunities for students from our intermediate grades to create connections with, read with and mentor Kindergarten students. The children create friends across all ages from the preschool through the upper grades and continue to develop these friendships throughout their years at Living Wisdom.
Class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of ten students. Our teachers and family-like small school
community help to create an environment filled with love. In this environment, students are able to experience who they are and learn to relate to the world around them.
A Typical Day in Kindergarten
A typical day in a kindergarten class begins with circle time that includes routine movement and song, yoga, sharing, inspiring stories, healing prayers and energy balancing modalities. Our curriculum is flexible and experiential. We make time in the day for children to enjoy imaginative and nature-based play and the arts.
At Living Wisdom, as guided by Education for Life, we recognize and cultivate four Tools of Maturity in each child: the physical body, the heart’s feeling, our dynamic will power, and the intellect. A core principle of Education for Life is the understanding that children use these four tools within them to explore, learn, grow, and experience the world. The Kindergarten years, are a bridge from physical to feeling, the physical body is still a primary learning tool for children, and they are beginning to further develop their heart-quality. Our experienced teachers engage students in numerous movement routines, often coordinated with words and music, which help to balance the children’s energy and help them develop body awareness. We also help children further cultivate their feeling nature by encouraging helping and being inclusive and supportive of their fellow students. Children also participate in multiple annual performing arts presentations for their families or the school community. Through these activities, children learn how to use their bodies and hearts in positive ways.
Features of our program include:
• Spiritual and character development
• Emphasis on the whole child
• Small, family-like environment
• Arts, music, and movement
• Emotional harmony
• Creative play
• Calm focus