Hi, my name is Catherine. My husband and I have a three-year-old daughter who, in a few short weeks, will begin her first days of preschool. We could not be happier with our choice in Hawthorne Family Playschool.
Hawthorne Family Playschool is a nature and play-based environment. The outdoor play area is a world of wonder and an extension of the indoor classroom. From the first time our daughter visited the school, she opened up in a completely new and wonderful way. Usually afraid to climb, she immediately scampered up and down the climbing ropes outside, jumped into the large, covered sand area and moved indoors. She found an art table to explore, a pretend area to play, a trampoline, and the indoor tree house where she continued her newfound courage in climbing. After comfortably exploring, she settled into a rocking chair to enjoy a book.
While my daughter was enjoying her book, I had an opportunity to speak with the teacher, Susan Eisman. Susan is a very inspiring and encouraging teacher. She draws from the practices of Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Reevaluation Counseling and peace activism. She completed her Master’s coursework in human development and has been joyfully working with young children and families since 1990.
“I get to give children messages about how amazing they are. I get to encourage each child to take risks, be compassionate, and build relationships. I get to nudge children to trust themselves, to solve problems and to resolve conflicts. I partner with children to appreciate the natural world, to notice and appreciate differences among people and to encourage children to stand up for the best possible outcome. In these ways, we build a healthy community of learners.”
We knew from watching our daughter that day, hearing from other parents and speaking with Susan, that we had found a wonderful school for our daughter.
As an introduction, Hawthorne Family Playschool had play-dates at neighborhood parks this summer as well as a potluck picnic. In the coming weeks, there is an annual Ice Cream Social at the school, which should be a fun and relaxed environment for all the families to mingle and greet each other. (I say relaxed but I also mentioned ice cream…and there will be kids…well, it will be fun!) Shortly after, Susan will be scheduling our in-home visit, allowing for one-on-one time with our family and giving her time to get to know our daughter.
If you are looking for a preschool for your child, I highly recommend Hawthorne Family Playschool. It is an amazing school with a wonderful teacher and a kind, committed group of parents.
If you would like to schedule a tour, meet our teacher or have any questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator, Shannon at 503-332-6530. You may also visit our website at www.hawthornefamilyplayschool.org.