Busy Bee offers a play-based preschool program, perfect for young children aged two – five. Our schedule accommodates full-day attendance, and allows for free choice play in a comfortable and safe atmosphere.
During the richest early learning experience, children become immersed in their own, imaginative worlds and creations, and for this experience to truly come alive, these children need play time. Often, children are introduced to academic learning concepts as the most important avenue toward learning and growth, and play is given a lesser role.
However, so much of what children learn, and how they learn, is conditioned by the activities & routines they enjoy each day – those play-based events that shape young minds.
An overly emphasized academic approach to learning at this young age is not the province of preschoolers; rather, youngsters must be supported as whole people, through authentic daily experiences designed to build independence, self-confidence, and conflict resolution skills. In this way, children are better prepared to enter the academic arena as true learners, ready to actively engage in the learning process.
We supply blocks, puzzles, games, dress-up clothes, art supplies, books, and much more – all available as children arrive in the morning. Our toys are chosen for their quality, open-ended play value, and most of all, an ability to meet the interests of our children.
During inside playtime, we sing, read, or choose a game to enjoy together. These activities give children a chance to practice taking turns, listening, sharing, and following directions. As part of our daily routine, project times give children the opportunity to accomplish creative and imaginative plans. Working individually or in groups, children are able to choose which projects they want to become part of. They may want to create Play-doh™, build in our woodworking area, listen to a story, paint a picture, plant seeds, or watch caterpillars become butterflies!
No matter which activities they select, children make the most of playtime here at Busy Bee.
As the weather allows, we spend time playing outside. Busy Bee has a fabulous play area, with a climbing structure, playhouse, 10 yards of sand, and lots of great outdoor toys – tricycles, balls, hula hoops, and more…
All of our outdoor equipment is available for children to use as part of their creative playtime.
Lunch & Naps
When mid-day arrives, it’s time for lunch! At Busy Bee, meal times are an opportunity to come together as a group. Our meals meet USDA meal standards, and we serve as many organic produce items as possible. Though we do enjoy celebrating birthdays with cupcakes, we also strive to avoid an abundance of sugary, processed foods.
After lunch comes nap time – an important part of any youngster’s day. We help children brush their teeth and settle in for a restful nap.
Caring for Nature
At Busy Bee Preschool, we care for our own chickens, rabbit, and the many birds & squirrels who visit our yard. The Busy Bee play yard has even been designated a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, due to the incredible efforts of our young people!
In this beautiful space, we’ve planted child-friendly (and edible!) plants, which lend a fragrant, textured air to this unique atmosphere. A recirculating fountain, complete with child-sized bench, provides a welcoming & inspiring place to play, think, and dream.
Schedules & Choices
We typically offer two organized activity choices during the day, in addition to free play options. Our daily schedule and activity plans are posted weekly on our website, and includes weekly meal plans as well.