FAQ's

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What ages do we accept?

We are currently accepting children ages 2-5.

Are you licensed to care for children?

Almost!  We are working with HHS to get our facility licensed and will be certified when we open in September, 2019.  

Can we come only part of the day?

Sure!  We offer flexible drop-off and pick-up times, as well as part-time and full-time options.  

Are there any discounts?

If you refer a friend you will receive 20% off your next month's tuition.  

How many children are in a group together?

Class size varies throughout the day, but we try to keep outside play to around 12 children and indoor learning to around 6 children in a group at one time.  

What is our philosophy?

Our curriculum consists of play-based, constructivist learning systems with the addition of STEAM concepts to promote learning exploration. At Snapdragon Preschool, we believe and embrace the power and beauty of experiential learning, because you only truly understand what you have made with your own hands, seen with your own eyes, or heard with your own ears. We also pull concepts from Montessori, Regio-Emilia and Waldorf to create a well rounded curriculum that will grow with your child.  

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How much time is spent on traditional academics?

Only a very small amount of classroom time is focused on academic learning. We believe that allowing children to play builds life-long skills like communication, creativity, cooperation, and critical thinking. These are the skills that children will need to feel confident as a life-long learner. That being said, our free play activities are split almost 50/50 between dramatic play and STEAM activities.  

What is the roll of teachers in the learning process?

Our teacher’s mentor and guide their students throughout the play experience. Children are encouraged to explore new ideas through positive reinforcement and encouragement. By constantly listening to children as they play, our teachers find new ways to support each child’s individual needs and interests. 

As those needs and interests present themselves, our teachers find ways to expand on the natural learning process with the introduction of relevant stories, experiments and projects while fostering individual self confidence in each child using positive reinforcement and encouragement.  

By letting the children take the lead, they develop a passion for satisfying curiosities and adopt a habit of active learning. 

What does it mean to challenge children within their ability?

We believe that the most important skill a child can learn at an early age is self-sufficiency. Our indoor classrooms are designed to give children freedom of choice so they can focus on what interests them most and explore it in their own way. Throughout the day there are opportunities for children to work through problems on their own and gain the self-confidence needed to thrive in an ever-changing world. Whether it’s tying their own shoes, serving themselves snack, cleaning up their toys, going to the bathroom, or setting up a marble run to explore gravity, by guiding children to be self-sufficient, we are laying the foundations for self-esteem and positive self-image in the future.   We encourage self-sufficiency by only helping them until they display the required understanding and skills needed to complete a task themselves.  Consistently allowing children to be challenged within their means helps them build persistence, confidence and self-worth. 

What is our philosophy on discipline?

While we encourage children to explore and question everything, we know that some boundaries need to be maintained. Sure, a food fight can lay the foundations of a physics lesson, but hunger can stall learning. Our teachers know where the line is and keep children safe and secure by maintaining those boundaries where learning stops. 

We believe that children are people too, and should be afforded the same respect that we give to adults.  When conflict occurs, our teachers try to understand each child’s reasoning by asking questions to get to the root cause of the conflict. We always take children’s emotions into account and use communication as the means to resolve conflict between peers. 

We believe that conflict is a natural part of the learning process and we approach it without judgment or preconceived ideas of right and wrong. Our teachers are there to help build the tools children need to deal with conflict rather than stop it from occurring. 

Why give children so much freedom?

We believe that the most important skill a child can learn at an early age is self-sufficiency. Our indoor classrooms are designed to give children freedom of choice so they can focus on what interests them most and explore it in their own way. Throughout the day there are opportunities for children to work through problems on their own and gain the self-confidence needed to thrive in an ever-changing world. Whether it’s tying their own shoes, serving themselves snack, cleaning up their toys, going to the bathroom, or setting up a marble run to explore gravity, by guiding children to be self-sufficient and only helping them until they display the required understanding and skills needed to complete a task themselves, we are laying the foundations for self-esteem and positive self-image in the future.  Consistently allowing children to be challenged within their means helps them build persistence, confidence, self-worth and a healthy respect for themselves, others and the things they use each day.