Kinhaven's teaching philosophy is rooted in the belief that young children learn best through play. This philosophy is upheld by our professional educators with activities that foster a stimulating, nurturing atmosphere in which preschoolers can learn and grow. We address multiple aspects of learning, including intellectual, physical, and social growth.
Cognitive Growth - At all age levels, arts and crafts projects develop small motor coordination while encouraging children to experience the pride of creation. We have a wonderful SWAP (sand, water and paint) room which is dedicated solely for these very messy, but greatly enjoyed, experiences.
Physical Growth - Kinhaven strongly supports the idea that physical development and coordination are necessary skills for young children. All classes have daily scheduled gross motor play periods. Weather permitting, the children are taken to our fenced-in courtyard playground to run, ride, jump and climb. For inclement weather play we have a large indoor gym. In both areas, the children have access to many ride-on toys, tumbling mats, and climbing structures.
Social Growth - Fostering the social development of preschoolers is one of the primary goals at Kinhaven. The children are given many opportunities to play and interact together. They learn rules of group and individual behavior through rotating daily assignments such as line leader, door holder, calendar and weather marker. The children take great pride in accomplishing these tasks on their designated days.
Parent Involvement Our community values parental involvement. Families entering Kinhaven School are welcomed into a caring, engaging community working together to offer our children a rich early childhood education.
The Kinhaven School is professionally managed, but operates as a membership organization to encourage the involvement of all of our families in the education of their children. We believe that our school is a place where children thrive, in part due to the role that families play in all aspects of learning and school administration.
At Kinhaven School, parents are invited to serve their obligated "JOBS" through a variety of means: from governance to grounds maintenance to administrative service to substitute teaching, there are as many ways to engage in the Kinhaven School as there are ideas. Parental involvement is critical to the mission of Kinhaven School, and is a necessary mechanism to help control the growth of costs in operating our school. Kinhaven is an independent school, and therefore receives no subsidies in rent or staffing as church-affiliated schools may.
We encourage all parents to serve at least one year on the Board of Directors during their tenure at Kinhaven. Each class has one parent that serves on the Board. The Executive Board and Committee Chairs set school policy and oversee functions such as hiring, finance, membership, JOBS coordination, and fundraising.