PRESCHOOL ON THE PRAIRIE
WHERE CHILDREN ARE
We are proud to bring you Preschool on the Prairie, our latest early childhood initiative beginning in 2019! The program will combine outdoor exploration with innovative curriculum to create an educational experience second to none. As our vision expands to better serve our youngest visitors, we are meeting the need for early learning environments that allow children to immerse themselves in nature and nurture them into independent thinkers. Building on Conner Prairie's mission to inspire curiosity and foster learning, Preschool on the Prairie provides children with high quality early learning experiences that connect them with nature, develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, expand their creativity, and equip them with a strong sense of identity through engaging, individualized, and unique experiences. The program will utilize philosophies and practices of long established, research-based theories of early childhood. Its balanced approach ensures the needs and gifts of all students will be honored and addressed, preparing them for their future academic career and life beyond.
PRESCHOOL ON THE PRAIRIE?
CONNECTION TO NATURE AND NATURAL MATERIALS
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. Children are strong, intelligent, empathetic, important, and powerful.
UTILIZATION OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
Curriculum emerges through documentation and observation of play and dialogue. From these experiences and interactions, projects are cultivated and encouraged for days, weeks, or even months at a time as children are engaged in solving problems and answering 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 will be met.
BUILDING ON CONNER PRAIRIE'S MISSION TO INSPIRE CURIOSITY AND FOSTER LEARNING
Preschool on the Prairie provides children with high quality early learning experiences that connect them with nature, develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, expand their creativity, and equip them with a strong sense of identity through engaging, individualized, and unique experiences.
NOURISHING CHILDREN THROUGH NATURE
1. provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition
APPROACH TO LEARNING
Preschool on the Prairie utilizes philosophies and practices of long established, research-based theories of early childhood. A balanced approach ensures the needs and gifts of all students are honored and addressed, preparing them for their future academic career and life beyond.
OUR PROGRAM IS:
- Developmentally appropriate
- Aligned with the program standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Child-centered with low ratios
- Respectful in honoring the uniqueness of each child
- Representative of many practices from Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and traditional preschool
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
Receive a 10% discount applied to the annual price, if paid in full.
PRESCHOOL ON THE PRAIRIE WILL SERVE CHILDREN AGES 3-5.
CHILDREN MUST TURN 3 ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2019.