In the Classroom
OGS is based on the belief that children are naturally adept learners, and when given the materials, guidance, time, and opportunity, they will choose to learn joyfully and spontaneously.
Children are individuals, and learn differently from each other, at their own pace and in their own way. Children learn best in a safe environment, free from fear of failure, and when they are physically and emotionally comfortable.
Children need to know that their work is important and relevant. They learn to read, write, understand math and science, in the same way they learned to walk and talk — by experimentation, practice, watching role models, trying and not succeeding, and finally trying and succeeding.
Children learn best when their family is involved in and supportive of their education. Children learn best when the teacher is a facilitator of learning rather than a director of learning and they have choice and control of their learning process
ACORNS CLASSROOM (upstairs): 2.5 - 4 years old
SAPLINGS CLASSROOM (downstairs): 4-6 years old
Our children engage in discovery-oriented learning based on individual ability rather than age. We provide them with the environment, the materials, and a talented and committed professional staff to facilitate the acquisition of new skills. The teachers maintain a highly individualized and flexible curriculum to allow the children to learn in their own way, and at their own pace. We believe exposure to many things is the key to successful preschool years.
Our teacher-student ratio is no more than 1:12, which is required by the state, and often lower than required. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative decision-making skills are modeled and encouraged. We strive to improve your child's self-regulation and coping skills by modeling/teaching positive communication.
The children have opportunities to move freely about and choose individual activities as well as engage in group projects and activities. Group games and projects are generally non-competitive, and we strive to promote positive self-image in all work and play. Preschoolers and kindergartners mingle for various activities and programs during the day and frequently one child will act as mentor and tutor for another child due to the range in ages in classrooms. Teachers focus on the child's learning process over the product that is created.
Parents, teachers and children together develop an individualized learning program that describes activities appropriate to the developmental level of the child, and set goals to be achieved by the child. Evaluations are interactive between the child and the teacher, a process by which learning is facilitated rather than judged. Goals for your child's time at Oak Grove School will be collaboratively established between teachers and parents. Progress will be discussed at parent-teacher conferences twice a year.
Beginning in the Fall of 2020 we will be using Learning Without Tears. This program utilizes visual, tactile, auditory, and kinesthetic modes of learning to address the needs of every learner in a fun, play based academic and social curriculum. We also provide a social emotional lesson several times each week to support the student's needs, help them express themselves, and promote healthy self-images.
Our daily schedule is structured in a fairly stable manner so that the children can learn to anticipate what their next event or activity is. Occasionally, changes are made in the schedule to accommodate weather changes, special trips, and visitors. The current schedule is posted in the Bulletin Board, along with weekly themes or special topics. Please read the Bulletin Board and check Parent Pockets and email for messages.
LUNCH AND SNACK MENU
Lunch must always include a whole grain item, protein, fruit, vegetable and be served with milk. Fruit and vegetables will be served fresh and will vary depending on season.
We can adhere to any dietary restrictions, whether they be for religious purposes or otherwise, that your child or family might have. Please make the director aware of these restrictions immediately upon enrollment.
Once a month, your child will be asked to stand up and do a brief show and tell about an item of his or her special interest, family, culture, or a special custom or tradition. Parents are welcome to help their child with his/her presentation. Your child's special day will be assigned to you on a monthly calendar. If the date does not fit well, please email the director. Examples include: songs, pictures, books, non-violent toys, or traditions.
As part of your child's special day, you may want to prepare a snack for the children in the school. Please note: This snack is completely optional. You are not required to prepare a snack. If you choose to prepare a snack, please provide a healthy snack, with minimal sugar, and enough to feed 15 children (Upstairs) or 12 children (Downstairs).
Toy guns, war toys, or super hero figures who solve problems through violent acts (such as Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, Batman, war figures) are not allowed at school. We also do not allow paraphernalia, toys and games with such super-hero figures to be used at school. If such objects are brought, we will put them in the child's cubby for the day.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.