Preschool & Kindergarten

Preschool Honeybees

Our preschool children, affectionately called Honeybees, are encouraged to ask, evaluate, and decide; to stand up for themselves; and to listen to others with understanding. We draw each other in as we draw each other out. Learning to hear and tell stories is a central part of the program. Teachers start with what children do best: play. It’s natural for them to build, create, explore, and interact; we provide a curriculum and a loving space for each of those capacities to expand naturally to take in new ideas, facts, and social and physical skills.

Kindergarten Eagles

Our kindergarten children, affectionately called Eagles, are ready to discover, describe, and create. We explore the spaces of our classrooms—sitting together on the carpet, working together in groups at tables—and we extend our explorations to farm and field on our bus. We rejoice with our students as they appreciate the pleasure of communication. And we affirm their growing capacity to show cultural awareness, speak boldly, listen attentively, and solve problems.

We pay close attention to each child’s mental, physical, and emotional growth, carefully designing our daily program to make sure everyone is included. That means worksheets are very rare, and homework at this age level is usually for parents: we provide frequent suggestions for reinforcing at home what’s happening in the classroom.

An independent pre-K through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,  
Portland, Oregon 97225   |  
503-297-1894   |

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