We believe that a child’s true learning extends beyond the four walls of the classroom. We believe that by connecting children with nature, they learn their own place in the world as future care-takers and peace-makers. We prepare children to be active community members in their classroom and wider world. We do this by engaging children through whole body and sensorial experiences as a way to make sense of their world.
wBees Poppies Playgroup is a half-day playgroup integrating Montessori principles and Forest School ideologies to help our children develop independence, curiosity, and empathy for their community and all living things. For the fall, we will be offering a 2-3's playgroup.
Children will start their day immersed in a Montessori work cycle where they will work, play, and care for their classroom environment. They will sweep, wipe, and water classroom plants. They will get many opportunities to develop their sense of care of self as they learn to put on their own coats, wipe their noses, put on our shoes, potty, wash hands, and gain confidence in doing all the things that their beloved grownups do. We will circle together to build community each day. We sing songs to celebrate all that is around us and share snack in communal joy. We bring balance to each day with foresting and playing in our beloved outdoor classroom, McGolrick Park! We endeavor to go out of doors every day rain or shine! Our children will build stamina, strengthen their little bodies, and most importantly develop a love for nature!
Indoor Classroom: Park Church Co-op, 129 Russell Street Outdoor Classroom: McGolrick Park Offerings: Families with children ages 2-3 may choose from MWF/ TTh/ or M-F options to join us. Poppies year: We will run from September 13th through June 21st. We follow the NYC DOE calendar closely. Poppies day: Our days run from 9:00 - 1:00pm with the option for extended day till 3pm. Enrolling: We are enrolling children that will turn 2 by September 1st, 2021. Children do not need to be potty-trained to join our group. Admissions: Our first round of admissions is 2/1 with our second on 2/10 with priority given to current and former families. Please fill out the online application below and submit the application fee of $35. Tuition options are detailed in our application.