A new small family-run preschool is
opening in the Foster Powell neighborhood of SE Portland this fall.
The Growing Together Playschool has a few openings for 18 month-3.5
year olds and 3-6 year-olds.
The Growing Together Playschool offers
small classes in a friendly home setting. The younger class, Wonder
Days (for 18 months -3.5 yrs) is designed to offer a gentle “first
school” experience for the children. Skills such as taking turns,
expressing one's needs and desires, sharing ideas, playing together,
being respectful to oneself, others and things, asking questions,
investigating the hows and whys of the world, and extending natural
interests through books, projects and experiences are modeled and
The older class, Adventure Team (for
3-6 yr olds) is a continuation of the class I have been offering for
the past few years. In Adventure Team, the students are encouraged
to see their world as a place that they can influence and explore.
They are taught to solve problems independently and in group
meetings. We explore the world through weekly field trips to
community, wilderness and kid-focused spots and bring our ideas and
interests back for project work, group and collaborative play and
At the Growing Together Playschool
children are guided to make their own choices and taught how to get
the things they need and want while remaining respectful and safe to
others. Respect is seen as a foundational tool used to guide
behavior to ensure safety and fun for all. The older children are
encouraged to participate in rule-making and determining consequences
(if consequences are deemed necessary). Punishment is not used and
consequences are only used when necessary, useful and respectful.
Growing Together Playschool offers
children time for in-depth investigation into their world and the
tools and toys with which to explore. Reggio-inspired emergent
means that children can bring their own interests to class
and have those interests encouraged and extended upon.
Of course, we also offer a daily rhythm
that is easy going and predictable, and toys and activities to
promote intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth. The
teacher, Liz, has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood teaching and
is a mother of two young children.