PRE-SCHOOL OVERVIEW:Citrus & Apples
BEGINNING: While Trilok’s youngest students are around two years old, children may indeed grow up through Trilok School. Children in their younger years come to Trilok School to gain trust in a world beyond home. At Trilok they become part of a larger human family. The seasons unfold, offering Nature’s thrilling curriculum for playful study. This includes themes of weather, the elements, animals and plants, as well as shapes, colors, textures, and sounds. Song, movement, and play govern this time of learning, allowing the child’s being to blossom.
EMBRACING: Through compassionate guidance, Early Childhood Trilok teachers cultivate expressivity, ex- ploration and mutual care among students. Actively creating the community of the classroom, our teachers hold the hearts of children warmly as they guide them. The young children have a lovely quiet playground all their own. While interactive play is thoughtfully supported, children become each other’s most authentic teachers. They learn to see and articulate the feelings of others, while mastering those feelings themselves.
INTERACTING: Trilok’s young students begin their days with a warm and supportive drop-off time. At Cir- cle Time, they greet each other, practice “child-style” meditation, and ground the day in routines. They build class traditions of singing, stretching, and meditation. Mornings are full of crafts, music, songs, and creative play, as well as Spanish and English stories. Friendships are bridged through supported play and projects. Tactile experiences of food, nature, and crafts stimulate sensory integration. Children rest peacefully in the afternoons, learning to regulate their energies through sleep, meditative rest, and quiet activity.
TRILOK’S BEGINNNERS: CITRUS CLASSES
BELONGING: The classrooms for Trilok’s youngest are named after the citrus fruits: Oranges and Tangerines. While there are two classrooms, the Citrus-level children share a lovely playground all their own. A three-day phase-in process takes place for children entering Trilok at this young age. As parents convey their trust in their child’s new school, the child transitions with ease. Soon, they claim their space here, nd their friends, and en- gage in the fun of learning.
EXPLORING: The children at this young age are very busy with wonder. They are hard at work, integrating their social interaction with their emotional experience. Socializing at school expands the children’s world and becomes the WORK of life. Witnessing the “big feelings” of peers offers children an opportunity to make sense of their own “big feelings.” This re exive learning process nurtures the seedling of empathy. Children experience the effect of their actions upon others, absorbing clues toward understanding “cause and effect” and being guided toward kindness and community.
MASTERING: Integrating the inner body competencies of digestion with the new possibilities of toileting is a major milestone for our youngest. This integrated growth is supported in our classrooms through consistent routines that cultivate the growing awareness necessary for such body mastery. Classrooms are fully equipped with toi- leting implements that are perfectly sized for our children’s heights. Through instructive nurture and guided free play, children gain competence in their movements, emotions, and bodily functions.
OVERVIEW APPLES CLASSES: GREEN APPLES & YELLOW APPLES
EXPLORING: Through community contribution and productivity, children grow their world and their identity within it. In the classroom, children contribute to the daily rituals and house-work of their class, in order to develop lovely habits of helping one another. They often cook together and always clean up together. They take turns with leadership in the circle, mastering the courage of the performative role as well as the respect of the audience role. They collaborate with others to build teamwork and develop friendships. Through all of this, they grow a crucial awareness of their contribution to the community of the class.
MASTERING: At this level, the strong root of children’s literacy grows steadily, through story-telling, picture-read- ing, letter-friendliness, and creative engagement with language. Children fall in love with the world of numbers and letters, as pictures, shapes, and sounds. They count the blueberries on their plates for snack as they practice the ethicacy of sharing them. They animate letters through creative arts projects. Book exploration is ongoing, enabling children to engage with the geometric and pictorial elements of literacy by reading pictures that hold stories. Singing offers children a poetic access to stories and themes. Through fantasy play, children bring their own stories to life and solve problems together. New experiences dovetail with stories curated to guide each child and their fellow playmates. Mastering cooperative play, their own stories grow.