Preschool Room 3
Room 3 is a group of up to 16 children between the ages of 3 and 4. These young preschoolers follow a more structured daily rhythm during the first half of their day. They have higher expectations for listening and following directives. This supports a preschoolers naturally developing awareness of limits, guidelines, and social expectations.
Room 3 children work with their teachers to begin longer-term, thematic art projects. These projects are designed around the current interests of the children and are intended to build connections between prior learning and new concepts.
Preschool Room 4
Room 4 is a group of up to 16 children between the ages of 4 and 6. The ratio for both preschool classrooms is kept between 1:5 and 1:10.
Room 4 teachers follow the childrens' inquiries to create long-term projects throughout the year. These projects are intended to support more complex reasoning, as well as build connections between their individual experiences, and the greater Portland community.
We introduce the concepts of democracy, leadership, and social justice in an age-appropriate manner, and by beginning in our own school. Our Room 4 preschoolers are seen as stewards, and active participants in their school community. It is our hope that children leave Sweet Day with a strong self-image of themselves as impactful, engaged citizens, with a powerful voice.
Room 4 children are expected to resolve conflicts with limited adult-assistance. They are given concrete tools such as specific scripts to follow, calming exercises, and safe choices to make. Practicing these tools is done often, as it is the most important aspect of a preschoolers' work.