programs

Mommy/Daddy and Me Group

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to come together with their child(ren), birth up to 24 months, in a warm, nurturing environment, centered around The Cottage School’s philosophy. Each week there will be storytelling, songs, rounds, talks, and other activities that will fulfill the children and parents alike.

$50 suggested donation (per 6 -week session) Tuesdays 9:30am to 10:30 am

Fall session Oct 3rd - Nov 7th

Spring Feb 20th - April 10th (classes will not be held on April 3rd)

If you would like to participate in this program, please download and fill out the registration form.


Playgroup (2 years old and up)

The playgroup meets on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. The children spend 2 hours in the school which it is a great way to have them adjust to the future preschool routine. They share circle time with the rest of the school and start playtime at 9:30 AM. At 10:30 AM, they do an activity: Painting on Thursdays and Spanish on Fridays.

Thursdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 am
Thursdays: Story and singing time in English, playtime and painting
Fridays: Story and singing time in Spanish, playtime and book-work.


Preschool (2 1/2 to 5 years old)

Our preschool programs have been designed to develop the imagination through participation in many activities, free of pressure and sustained by the spirit of play.

Language Arts
Teachers tell traditional stories. Stories are told many times enabling children to retell or playact the story themselves or tell their own stories. All literature chosen for storytelling is in its original unabridged format. Storytelling allows the children to develop their own images of the story, thereby developing the imagination, a vital component for future reading. Children make books that represent songs, nursery rhymes or experiences they have had in the class. This encourages interest and care for the own work. Children do rhythmic writing once a week: Following the rhythm of music, children draw movements that eventually become cursive writing. In this way, writing is set up as a rhythmic and dynamic process, and not as a compilation of unrelated characters.

Foreign Language Immersion
Spanish is learned by singing folk songs, play-acting, traditional games, reading aloud (original prose, poetry, and folktale) and speaking to the children as a mother would at home. On certain days only Spanish is spoken. This natural approach helps the students to also master other foreign languages later in life.

Mathematics
The Math work emphasizes the development of logical thinking through creative math and hands-on experiences. The teacher sustains a permanent attitude of “discovery” in tune with the students. This attitude helps students to find their own way to solve problems. Children are introduced to math through rhythm, movement, games, puzzles, blocks, and counting pebbles, seeds and shells. They measure when baking, playing with water and sand, and gardening. Origami, jump rope, hopscotch, knitting and beanbag counting games develop math concepts. These activities improve coordination, concentration, and counting abilities.

The Arts
Children work with quality watercolor and tempera paints, oil pastels, and beeswax crayons. They use natural materials such as wood, clay, wool, felt and fabrics to create their own works of art without intervention from teachers. The teachers accompany the process to develop an artistic attitude in the students.

Music
Traditional songs are sung in Spanish, English and French, at times accompanied by guitar. Children learn writing patterns accompanied by music. This is an introduction to cursive writing.

Dance
Creative movement, rhythm games and traditional folk dances are incorporated into the class to develop imagination, balance, coordination, relaxation and concentration.

Nature Exploration
Children play outside or take walks everyday as long as weather permits. They always have seasonal, natural objects to play with in the classroom. One day per week, the focus is on nature and science in general. Every week a sentence about the topic is created and written on the blackboard for the children to copy into their science books to the best of their ability and illustrate with pastels.

Special Classes
Students have the opportunity to present their own special class to the group each semester. This is an opportunity for each child to research, study, draw and present information to the class about a favorite subject. For preschool students, the topic may be a recent trip or a favorite animal. K to 8th grade students prepare a topic related to the school's annual plan. Although some help from the parents is needed for the research and reading, children make the illustrations to show and explain. They show books with photos and discuss their contents with the class. By preparing their special classes children learn about the subject itself and how to research, study and create an oral presentation.

If you would like to participate in this program, please download and fill out the registration form.


Young Kindergarten (4+ years old)

Language Arts
Oral Language, Reading and Writing: Great importance is placed on the “learning process” to develop patterns of learning. At our school, literary skills are developed not just to decode words for reading and writing but to foster comprehension, sequence, vocabulary, creative thinking, memory skills and to appreciate literature. These are skills necessary for the study and learning of any subject throughout the student’s lives. All literature chosen is in its original unabridged format.

  • Activities
  • Reading aloud & Story Telling by teachers.
  • Children tell their own stories.
  • Reading, copying, illustrating and familiarization of poems and stories.
  • Language Games.
  • Playacting: drama and recitation.

Rhythmic Writing
Dorothy Ling was a musician and one of Laura Soulages’ professors during her teaching training in Argentina. Ms. Ling created a musical approach to writing that helps develop many skills. The children start by drawing patterns on the blackboard while following the rhythm of the music. They draw patterns with straight or curved lines which, as the year goes on, become more complex. After a year or two of working on the blackboard, children start doing rhythmic writing on the blank pages in their books. Students develop handwriting, hand-eye coordination (they copy an example that the teacher draws on the blackboard), concentration, a sense of space (left-right and top-bottom) and focus. This activity puts order to their whole being transforming scribbles into forms. Children experience writing with their bodies, not just with the intellect, understanding how individual parts of their scribble relate to the whole.

Foreign Language Immersion
Foreign Languages are learned by singing folk songs, play-acting, traditional games, reading aloud (original prose, poetry, and folktale) and speaking to the children as a mother would at home. This natural approach helps the students to also master other foreign languages later in life.

  • Activities
  • Writing and drawing in blank books.
  • Familiarization of vocabulary through poetry and songs.
  • Reading original prose and poetry.
  • Traditional songs
  • Traditional games
  • Art activities
  • Playacting

Mathematics
The Math work emphasizes the development of logical thinking through creative math and authentic experiences. The teacher sustains an attitude of “discovery” in tune with the students. This helps students to find their own way to solve problems. Children are introduced to math through rhythm, movement, games, puzzles, blocks, and counting pebbles, seeds and shells. They measure when baking, playing with water and sand, and gardening. Origami, jump rope, hopscotch, knitting and beanbag counting games develop math concepts. These activities improve coordination, concentration, and counting abilities.

  • General Contents
  • Recognition and writing of numbers.
  • Counting: Ascending and descending scales.
  • Estimation and comparison.
  • Addition and Subtraction.
  • Introduction to Time, Money and Measurement.
  • Fractions.
  • Activities
  • Writing numbers and simple operations in blank books.
  • Math games.
  • Daily mental calculations.
  • Mazes.
  • Board games.
  • Simple Origami and Collage (geometry)

Certain concepts are learned using concrete elements and games. Geometry is absorbed and spatial sense is developed by practical experiences such as origami, painting, dancing, rounds, playing with blocks and wooden forms.

Natural Sciences and Social Studies
The teachers sustain a permanent attitude of “discovery” and experiential thinking during the class. Great importance is placed on the quality of materials.

  • Activities
  • Hands-On experiments
  • Gardening
  • Special Classes: Oral presentations
  • Writing and drawing in blank books

  • Contents World Studies
  • Geography Features
  • Countries
  • Cultures
  • Weather & Seasons

  • Contents Natural Sciences
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Universe

Special Classes
One day per week, children have the opportunity to present a “special class” in nature and science in general. They show books with photos and discuss their contents with the class. By preparing their special classes children learn about the subject itself and also learn how to research, study and create an oral presentation. Although some help from the parents is needed for research and reading, children make their own illustrations to show and explain.

The Arts
The teachers accompany the process with the purpose of developing an artistic attitude in the students. Children create their own works of art.

  • Activities
  • Painting and drawing
  • Felting
  • Finger knitting

Physical Education

  • Activities
  • Traditional dances
  • Traditional games
  • Creative movement - Outdoor Play
  • Yoga
  • Special Activities
  • Baking: Breads, cookies, cakes, rolls and pizza
  • Festivities
  • Guest speakers
  • Field Trips

If you would like to participate in this program, please download and fil l out the registration form.