Pre-K & Kindergarten
The Homestead School educates the body, mind, and spirit of children through experiential learning, while holding high standards in academics and character development. Homestead offers an engaging academic environment, grounded in the Montessori approach and the belief that all children have the innate desire and ability to learn.
Our students benefit from a personalized program, dedicated teachers, and a carefully-considered curriculum that nurtures creativity and fosters independent thinking. By working through the sequenced curriculum at their own pace, students become independent and self-motived learners. Individual and group interests are followed by the teacher, and curriculum is delivered using a hands-on, experiential approach. As a result, students find connection, meaning, and joy in their learning.
Homestead students are supported in pursuit of their interests by a deeply-rooted and diverse community of families and educators.
From their earliest years, Homestead students participate in creating and experiencing peace through quiet hikes in nature, song, and time spent with the school animals. They learn to build healthy, empathetic relationships and communicate effectively through the peace curriculum that is integral to the classroom culture. Just as the young elementary child learns about his or her place in the world, the older child learns one’s place in the concentric circles of community. Peace education becomes a process of inner development and outward service. Mixed-age classes and a school population of ages 2.5 – 14 affords many opportunities for children to collaborate. Throughout their time at Homestead, students are introduced to, participate in, and lead initiatives that promote inclusion and respect.
This approach enhances each student’s sense of belonging and facilitates optimal learning.
Students at Homestead School have a strong understanding of who they are and believe in their ability to contribute to the world in positive ways. Our graduates see life as filled with possibility, and their grounded perspective leads them to find meaningful ways to learn, grow, and contribute throughout their lifetimes.
The goal of the Homestead School is to: