The Butterfly Room is a full time preschool classroom
with ages ranging from 3 years to 5 years old.
The Butterfly Room employs a true emergent curriculum. Teachers observe and engage children in conversation, building lesson plans and projects around their interests. This approach allows for purposeful and meaningful learning for each individual child. We value family involvement and create a shared relationship. In addition, the teachers work with the children on fostering early social skills.
The children in the Butterfly Room learn through play, exploration, and experimentation. Mistakes and messes are a natural part of this process and make their experiences more meaningful and educational. Please send your child to school in loose-fitting play clothes that you are okay with getting dirty. This promotes independence and sets children up for success throughout the day.
Friend of the Week
Beginning in the fall, we will have one child each week who will be our “friend of the week.” This child will have a chance to bring in items that reflect their interests, their family, etc. and present these items to the group to explain why they are important to them. On a different day that week we will create a web, on which every child in the class will tell what they like about the friend of the week, or what makes them special. This builds on social relationships, as well as listening and speaking skills. And, the kids love it!
See where our Butterflies float!
Language & Communication Skills
We do not make the children apologize. Young children do not understand the concept of a genuine apology. Instead, you will hear the children in our room checking on a friend, and asking what they can do to help that person’s body. This gives the child a chance to take responsibility for their actions, and the other child a chance to express their feelings about a situation.
We encourage negotiation skills by helping the children learn to “make a plan” for a toy or a turn in a space they may want to play in. When children first enter the room, we give many prompts in helping them reach an agreement, and they become more independent in this as they spend more time practicing!
Located directly outside of our classroom, the parent board is where you will find information such as: weekly curriculum, classroom wish-list, daily schedule, and pertinent articles for parents.
Our Butterfly information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.