About Our Program

Inspired by the indications of Rudolf Steiner, Hummingbird Playgarden is a three-day preschool/kindergarten program for children 3, 4 and 5 years of age. All children enrolled attend on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Regular rhythms and consistency greatly benefit growing children. Attending three consecutive days allows for a solid rhythm to form while easing them towards a five-day school week. Children may spend up to three years in our program. The consistency of spending these early years in the care of the same teacher supports a foundation of trust and security, benefits that will last a lifetime.

With the seasons of the year as our guide, the daily rhythm includes creative indoor and outdoor work and play, joyful movement, music and song, arts and crafts, cooking and baking, rest, story telling and puppetry. A hearty organic snack including fresh, seasonal, local (whenever possible) ingredients is provided.

The Hummingbird Playgarden program is specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of children prior to first grade. The varying abilities and needs of children at three, four, five (and those turning six) years of age are recognized and accomodated with ease. Our daily activities work to support the healthy development of large and small motor skills, thereby stimulating brain development. In this way the pleasure of our work and play goes hand in hand with preparing for the academic work that lies ahead. The experience of the world as a good and wondrous place carries us joyfully through our days!

Hummingbird Playgarden Daily Rhythm

(Times are approximate)

8:45 a.m. Arrival, painting, baking and drawing

9:05      Circle time

9:15       Creative indoor play, crafting

10:15     Tidy up, washroom, Snack

11:00     Rest and story, puppetry

11:15     Outdoor play

12:15     Tidy up, washroom, Lunch

12:45     Farewell

Daily Organic Snack and morning activity

All snacks are served with protein consisting of nuts or cheese, fresh fruit or vegetable, herb tea and water.

Tuesday:     Oatmeal porridge with raisins. Painting day

Wednesday: Warm millet bread with honey butter. Baking day

Thursday:    Vegetable barley soup. Drawing day

A “squirrel snack” (nuts and raisins) will be available throughout the morning as needed. On birthdays and festival days popcorn will replace our usual snack.