Curious Minds Learning Center offers a drop off school program and before/aftercare for children who turn two by the beginning of the school year in September up until the year before Kindergarten. Our programs run on the September-June calendar.
As our programs are very relationship-based, we encourage families to choose our school carefully, with the intention of building a community throughout the preschool years.
Our WILLOW class is appropriate for two and three-year-old children. The school program is from 8:45 to 12:45 pm, with options for two mornings (Tuesday, Thursday), three mornings (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) or five mornings (M-F) week. Aftercare is offered from 12:45 to 4:45 pm every day except Friday. Friday hours are 8:45 to 12:45pm. Care is available at 8am, except on Fridays.
Children in this class begin to form their first relationships outside the home setting, learning that “mommy always comes back” and that there is a negotiation process to getting what you want. With nurturing guidance, the educators facilitate the children forming their first community of peers while the children begin to see themselves as unique individuals with strong preferences. Through dramatic play, sensorial experiences, and exposure to various art materials, the Willows soon emerge as deep-rooted OAKS.
Our OAK class is for four and five-year-olds. Children must be 3.9 yrs by September 1 to join the OAK class. The morning program is from 8:30 to 12:30pm. You can attend Tuesday -Friday or Monday-Friday. We strongly encourage a M-F enrollment. The aftercare program is from 12:30 to 4:30pm, except on Fridays, our natural classroom day. Before care is available as well at 8 am, except on Fridays. Once a week, children are dropped off and picked up at the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary in Tiburon for a four-hour Natural Classroom day, 8:30 am-12:30 pm.
Building on the community-building spirit of the WILLOW class, these maturing children begin in-depth project work after building a classroom community based on shared agreements established by the children and teachers. Using responsive language, the educators instill cooperative behavior and effective problem-solving skills through mutual respect and authentic listening. Projects deepen from either the prior year’s interests or new ideas presented by the group of individuals in the class.
Children in this class are ready to embark on new explorations both in the classroom and the surrounding community. Using the wonderful resources available to us at the Marketplace Shopping Center, the class is very much respectfully seen and heard in their community. Projects and explorations in this class involve small group committee work, monthly self-portrait work, and strong social connections both in and outside the classroom. By the end of their 4-5-year-old year, these OAKs are truly intellectually and socially ready to fledge and enter the big world of kindergarten.