Our school has two age groups. Children ages 3 to 4 years are placed in the ‘Yellow Bird’ class. Children ages 4 to 5 years are placed in the ‘Red Bird’ class. Each group has its own teacher and classroom area in which to sit during what is called ‘rug time’.
There are two ‘rug times’ per day. During each ‘rug time,’ the children learn, listen, sing, explore, and share. Arts and crafts and creative play emphasize our school’s motto of ‘learning through play’. Among many other talents, our teachers also incorporate curriculum themes, concepts, and readiness skills into daily activities. Between each ‘rug time’ the children enjoy ‘free time’ as well as their mid-morning snack.
Throughout the day, children hone their socialization skills, including sharing, managing emotions, positive communication, problem solving, being a part of a group, and learning respect for others. They gain letter, number, color, and shape recognition, was well as pre-math and reading concepts. Because of PBNS’ natural surroundings, children also gain awareness and respect for local wildlife, including squirrels, fox, lizards, hawks, seagulls, and miscellaneous sealife.