Learning Based on Play
Earthy Academy preschool is a combination of the Art, Music & Storytelling of Waldorf, with the hands on learning and manipulatives of Montessori, both pared with the free play of a forest school. From our main campus, preschoolers will have opportunities several times a week to go on field trips to locations throughout the island. Preschoolers will get to explore organic permaculture farms, engage in digging, playing, running, making mud pies in the outdoor play kitchens, planting seeds, watering and taking care of plants, picking fruits and vegetables, doing a wide variety of art projects, interacting with children younger and older- and therefore learning new skills every day. Each day will include an adventure quest where preschoolers can choose to engage in a treasure hunt, nature hike, forest excursion, scavenger hunt or scientific exploration.
One number, one letter and one color will be focused on each day with the emphasis on getting preschoolers familiar with the concepts in a very easy going environment based primarily on play and exploration.
Preschoolers will have opportunities to explore different farms throughout the island & learn about gardening, discover erosion principles in our large outdoor sandbox and gain deeper empathy by playing with friendly bunnies & guinea pigs. While on field trips, children will be outside daily and are expected to dress appropriately for rainy weather (rain coat, pants & boots which can be stored overnight in their cubbies). Beautiful Maui’s temperature ranges from 65 degrees F to 80 degrees F year round, so it is always warm enough to be outside.
Parents are free to drop off little learners starting at 8 am through 9:30 am
8 am- 10 am: Free Play
10 am- 10:30 am: Music & Story Time
10:30 am- 11 am: Snack Time
11 am- 12 pm: Free Play
12 pm- 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm- 1:30 pm: Adventure Quest
1:30 pm- 2:45 pm: Free Play
2:45 pm- 3 pm: Tidy Up
3 pm – 3:15: Pickup
3:15 pm – 5 pm: Aftercare (paid $7 per hour)
Lunch & Snacks
A sack lunch will be provided for by parents.
Snacks will be provided by Earthy Academy. Snack foods will be healthy, vegan (animal product free), & almost always whole food (fruits & vegetables). Any food allergy can be catered to.
Creating a culture of inclusion, empathy, kindness, generosity, and respect is our most important priority at Earthy Academy. When our culture feels like everyone is family, and we all take care of each other- then all other learning aspects fall into place. We use story to paint a deep and impactful image of the journey each child is embarking upon when entering Earthy Academy. They are the hero, on a hero’s journey- and we are here to only be the guide.
This is a journey of self discovery as much as it is of self-growth. Your child will become a part of something bigger than him/herself and you will be amazed at how they will rise to the occasion.