Lilac Sea Nursery School believes that children learn best in a safe, simple, and nurturing home setting where the development of the young child is supported through play.
As a nature and play-based school for children 18 months to five years old, Lilac Sea takes inspiration from Waldorf Education, Forest Kindergartens, and the latest academic research which recognizes that play is essential for healthy development in early childhood. As sensory beings, children learn best in an environment that nourishes the senses. Lilac Sea's comforting home setting provides many opportunities for a child's senses to be awakened. With toys made from natural materials like wood and silk, the child feels varying weights and textures. The repetition of articulate speech, songs, and stories is delightful to a child's ears and is the basis for proper language acquisition. Observing the domestic tasks of the home inspires the child's play and imagination while fostering strong social skills. Making homemade bread, chopping vegetables, and tasting herbs from the garden are some of the sensory activities the children experience throughout the week.
The sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of nature in particular, are beneficial for heightened physical, emotional, and creative development. Nature gives children the freedom and movement they need to take reasonable risks and challenge themselves, instilling crucial life skills as a result. Children at Lilac Sea enjoy large amounts of uninterrupted free play in an outdoor setting that supports exploration, gross motor movements, and self-assurance.
Lilac Sea's focus on relationship-based care enables children to confidently explore their surroundings. By knowing each child on an individual level, a strong foundation of trust is built. Assistance and nurturing is provided while at the same time, the caregiver gives each child space to meet and overcome challenges.
The daily rhythm and planning of curriculum is created with regard for the child's need for movement, rest, self-directed play, group experiences, and sensory exploration.
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
Preschoolers need more play and fewer scripted lessons
Preschool classrooms are needlessly noisy, over-stimulating, and aesthetically unappealing environments with rapid pacing and jam-packed schedules. There is too much teacher-directed talk on banal topics and insufficient uninterrupted stretches of time to play.