Focus on Play
Preschoolers learn and make sense of their world through play. As teachers, our role is to provide them with opportunities for dramatic play, hands-on exploration, and discovery-based learning. This fosters problem-solving, perseverance, and development of social-emotional skills. We have also consulted local Kindergarten teachers to help prepare our students for their next big step. We introduce these academic concepts through games, songs, and play.
Communication with Parents
We believe that partnering with parents is vital for the success of our preschoolers. We offer picture updates multiple times a day so parents can look in on what their children are doing throughout the day. We offer monthly ideas for quick songs and active games that correspond with our weekly themes which busy parents can use at home. We talk with parents daily, and correspond via phone calls and e-mails to address parent concerns. The nature of our small school allows us to adapt our plans so each child can thrive.
Emphasis on Kindness
We feel a profound responsibility to continuously model kindness and respect for our students. We help them practice kindness towards each other, solving conflicts calmly and supporting development of their emotional regulation skills. We always strive to prepare our students academically, but place a high priority on guiding their growth as they become increasingly empathetic, respectful, and helpful people.
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
We have had experience with food allergies and food sensitivities and are happy to accommodate children with special diets to ensure HVP is a safe environment for all. In fact, since many children have food allergies and food sensitivities we ask that our students bring non-edible “treats” to share with their friends on their birthday, such as stickers or coloring books.
We pride ourselves on providing balanced, nutritious, organic, non-GMO snacks. Our director has received training in the Growing Healthy Eaters program from the Early Sprouts Institute ™ and, as members of the Lake Superior CSA, we enjoy guiding children’s exploration of food and healthy eating through the seasons.
Eco-Healthy Child Care ® Certified
A national program that ensures child care settings are as happy, healthy, safe, and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxins. Our school uses only Earth friendly, perfume-free cleaning products and hand soaps. We do not use bleach, scented candles, or air fresheners. We use No-VOC latex paints and do not paint when children are present. Teachers and the preschoolers only use non-toxic art supplies approved by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI).
Twice a day, every day, our preschoolers play outside – biking, sledding, swinging, running and climbing. Only rain or zero degree windchill keeps us indoors. We are prepared for Duluth weather, though, with plenty of indoor active play opportunities including obstacle courses, plasma bikes, parachute games, trampolines, and ball-throwing activities to name a few.
We provide multiple opportunities for outside specialists to visit our classroom, such as the zoomobile and our local fire fighters.
We rotate learning tools and toys EVERY WEEK based on a different theme, or topic of study. The kids cannot wait to come each Monday morning and see what is set up in the school. This keeps things new and exciting while encouraging exploration and creativity.
HVP offers a 10 week summer session with flexible scheduling to meet varied summer needs. This is a great opportunity for families needing year-round care, as well as those looking for a week of summer camp. The engaging curriculum allows preschoolers to explore with their classmates over the summer and provides a smooth transition for students before they begin school in the fall. Now enrolling! Learn more here.