Free To Be Under Three is a course designed specifically for the growth and encouragement of children 7 months to 34 months of age. Language development and the respect for the individual spirit of a child are the commitment of this program. We offer children under three a safe, nurturing space to develop language, self-esteem, imagination, and a sense of belonging.
All classes have a relaxed structure where each child participates at his or her own level of interest. No matter what class you begin with, instructors always take great steps to know the individual child and the unique dynamic of each class, adjusting activities accordingly, always with gentle, joyous energy and insightful, loving guidance.
The outstanding success of Free to Be Under Three is based on our instructors' enthusiasm, gentleness and joy in enriching the development of a child's first three years. Trust and confidence are fostered and nurtured in a warm and inclusive environment. A keen awareness is always paid to the changing developmental needs of each child. Although this is not a music class, we use songs, rhythm, and repetition for their essential support in language acquisition. Many songs will be familiar and consistently repeated in a style that is both engaging and uniquely patterned for word and sentence building. Although the structure is always presented it is never enforced. This allows for the wide array of personalities and developmental stages to flourish.
Each class begins with about 10 minutes of free play, with beach balls for the young children while live soft music plays. Sound repetition, word deconstruction, and delightful language plays are the core of the baby classes. Our instructors use character puppets, animal puppets, large color photos, and simple songs as well as color and number props to engage recognition.
The babies in this age group are beginning to pull up, get up and take off! We continue our soft acoustic guitar music played live, delightful use of sound repetitions, and object identification language play, but our teachers adapt the pace of the routines we've established to support the child's sprouting language and increased mobility.
As they begin to crawl and walk we begin moving faster through their beloved routines. A key to infant learning is repetition, repetition, repetition. This also contributes to your child's confidence, emerging sense of self, trust and comfort in their environment.
These classes focus on language use, confidence building, and offer socialization opportunities for the children who are ready. In addition to the first fifteen minutes of table play with language-rich manipulative toys, instructors add more games, songs, emotion-defining activities, an open-ended creative project, a story time and bubble-popping.
This old fashioned nursery school structure finds the appropriate balance of independence in free play and art, paired with an adult cooperative circle time that engages their nuanced motor skills, emotional understanding, socialization, imagination, and fuller language experiences. We end with a loving puppet story, warm freshly baked bread, and a recounting of our time in class.
Classes take place Monday through Thursday mornings, from roughly 9 AM til 1 PM, EST. Classes for children under 18 months last 45 minutes, classes for children above 18 months last 1 hour.
Our Fall term will begin September 12 and last through December 7.
Our Winter/Spring term will begin in January 16 and last through April 26.