Preschool on the Prairie combines outdoor exploration with play-based, emergent curriculum to create an educational experience second to none. As Conner Prairie’s vision expands to better serve our youngest visitors, we have created an early learning environment that allows children to immerse themselves in nature and the magic of childhood.
Through play and an intentionally-designed environment, children are able to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, expand their creativity, and become equipped with a strong sense of identity through engaging, individualized, and unique experiences.
Our program utilizes philosophies and practices of long established, research-based theories of early childhood, ensuring the needs and gifts of all students are acknowledged and honored, preparing them for their future academic career and life beyond.
OUR PROGRAM IS:
- Developmentally appropriate
- Aligned with standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Child-centered with low ratios
- Represented by teachers from different generations (inter-generational teaching team)
- Respectful in honoring the uniqueness of each child
- Deeply rooted in early learning research and educational neuroscience
TWO DAY PROGRAM
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday
annual tuition $3200
paid monthly at $320
THREE DAY PROGRAM
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
annual tuition $4800
paid monthly at $480
PRESCHOOL ON THE PRAIRIE SERVES CHILDREN AGES 3-5.
CHILDREN MUST TURN 3 ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2021 TO REGISTER FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.
WHY CHOOSE PRESCHOOL ON THE PRAIRIE?
We believe early learning is driven by child-led play. When children are able to participate in play that encourages risk, invention, imagination, and creativity, their brains are able to make connections that enhance their understanding of feelings, emotions, abstract ideas, and academic content. We focus on the process of play and creative expression rather than the final product. This freedom and focus empowers children with a sense of self that will serve them well in all environments and situations in their future.
CONNECTION TO NATURE AND EXPANSIVE GROUNDS
Conner Prairie owns over 1000 acres – including woods, 3 miles of river, ponds, multiple breeds of animals, historic tools & trades studios - in which kids can play, imagine, and ignite their curiosity. Our environment, both inside the preschool and outside on the grounds, acts as "another teacher", providing limitless opportunities for children to immerse themselves in nature and grow as independent thinkers.
UNDERSTANDING THE IMAGE OF THE LEARNER
We believe children are capable beings and should be provided opportunities to activate their innate desire to explore and wonder. Children construct their own learning facilitated by the adults around them. By creating meaningful relationships with children, we are able to create a safe and loving environment where children see themselves as strong, intelligent, empathetic, important, and powerful.
UTILIZATION OF TRUE PLAY AS CURRICULUM
Children direct and create their own play, using an ever-changing variety of materials to continue into deep play. The teacher's critical observation of a child's engagement with materials and dialogue is used to document what children discover and create as play emerges into new ideas and personal and collaborative inquiry. From these experiences and interactions, children are engaged in solving problems and answering their own questions.
ALIGNMENT WITH INDIANA'S EARLY LEARNING FOUNDATIONS AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN'S PROGRAM STANDARDS
Our program and environment meet the NAEYC standards. Each day, and throughout each learning experience, multiple early learning foundations set by the Indiana Department of Education are met.
Tours take place on Thursdays during three different time slots: 2:00 - 2:45 PM, 2:45 - 3:30 PM or 3:30 - 4:15 PM. To schedule a tour of our school, please email email@example.com with your name, contact information, and preferred time slot.
Registration is now open for our 2021-2022 Preschool on the Prairie school year. We have limited openings for our Two Day and Three Day program. If you would like to be considered for the program, please click the button below to pay your $50 non-refundable registration fee for preschool.