Policies V - W

 

 

Vacations

We will be closed on all statutory holidays as well as a two week period for Winter Break. These holidays are already calculated into the cost of a full year's tuition and discounted accordingly. Full time and part time fees are based on booked days, not attendance, therefore parents are responsible for fees whether your child attends or not. (This includes sick days, statutory holidays and vacation time). Refunds and credits will not be given for days where your child does not attend. Please let us know if you plan to take a vacation at least two weeks in advance. You will be allowed to make up these sessions during that same school year on days there is available space. Please see Tuition for more information on fees.

Sunflower Preschool is open Mondays through Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm, and will be closed:

  • All Mondays that fall on national holidays (except Columbus Day)

  • Thanksgiving, as well as the day before (Wednesday) and after (Friday)

  • December 24th through January 6th

 

Visiting Sunflower Preschool

Parents are always welcome in the school. Remember that guests may change the natural rhythm of the class, so please ask if it is a good time to stay. Visiting days can be arranged in advance. If you are not yet enrolled at Sunflower Preschool, please visit us soon!

 

Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting

Wet-on-wet painting in a Waldorf early childhood program focuses on the child’s ability to experience each color as presented by the teacher. Painting is done once a week, and participation is required. It is an important part of their development. Our paintbrush is called “Peter Paintbrush”, and we treat “him” with reverence.In most Waldorf classrooms, the following painting standards are kept: Once the children have painted with each of the three primary colors one at a time in class, they will be offered additional paints based on their ages. The children who are two and three years old will continue painting with a single color each week. The children who are four will paint with two colors, and the five- and six-year-olds will paint with three colors. The older children who are not familiar with wet-on-wet watercolor painting will be eased into three colors. The children generally do not complain about being limited to one or two colors. Rather, they live in the color they are given. By having an age differentiation, the children have something to look forward to.At Sunflower Preschool, our two- and three-year-olds sometimes use two colors with assistance. When they turn four, they are allowed to use two colors on their own. When they are five, they may use up to three colors.The children are provided with aprons on painting day to keep their clothes clean. However, it is always a good idea to make sure children are wearing clothes that parents wouldn’t mind getting dirty on painting days.

 

Things Your Child May Bring to School

  • Nature items for the nature table (rocks, feathers, shells, leaves, flowers)Flowers (please bring whenever you can)

  • Fruit

  • Vegetarian snacks (no eggs, please) to share with the group

  • Vegetables and items for stone soup day, for example: 1 carrot, 1 potato, 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup kale, 1 cup barley, 1 cup lentils, 1 cup split peas and/or 1 cup pasta. Please avoid bringing onion or garlic as this is not something the children can chop.

If your child has a special toy or blanket that he/she has difficulty leaving at home, please get the teacher’s permission prior to bringing it. We prefer that children do not bring toys from home to school.

Things Your Child May NOT Bring to School

In order to comply with good nutrition and the sharing of toys, the following items should not be brought to school:

  • Candy or sweets

  • Toys from home

Please do not dress your child in clothes that display any television characters.