Riverdale’s early childhood program is based in one classroom, providing an intimate setting for 16 children and their two teachers. They experience a hands-on approach to learning with opportunities for both teacher-directed and self-directed activities.
They learn the alphabet's sounds and symbols, laying the foundation for reading. They explore writing, drawing, weaving and painting, developing fine-motor skills and expressing imagination. They begin math-based activities: cooking, counting, patterning, graphing, block building. They are introduced to art history, learning about color, shapes, and important artworks. They spend time outdoors, gardening, taking nature walks, and learning to appreciate the nature. iPads are used to further these learning experiences and reinforce skills. Character skills and ethics are introduced and practiced on a daily basis. Children spend most the of their day with their homebase teachers and classmates, but also work with specialist teachers in physical education, health and wellness, library, music, movement, and Spanish immersion.
Learning Through Moving
Lower School Drama and Spanish teacher Helena Garrabou-Vancells explains the connection between movement and learning.