Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist and philosopher of science
Children may attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week from 8:30am until 12:30pm or 3:30pm.
La Casita’s preschool year begins the third Wednesday of August and ends the last Friday of May. During the school year, La Casita follows the Santa Fe Public School’s calendar. Delays or cancellations due to weather are the same as the Santa Fe Public Schools. If there is a two hour Santa Fe Public School delay the preschool opens at 10am. You can check our homepage for an alert or https://www.kob.com/closings/ in the event of inclement weather and unsafe driving conditions.
The morning program begins at 8:30am and ends at 12:30pm. This time is largely spent outside at the moment while we do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico. Even during these winter months, the students at La Casita spend hours playing outside.
While outside, children grow in strength and confidence as they tackle the swings, slide, fort, monkey bars and tree. They dig and build in the sandbox, play chase and mimic family life in the play house.
While it is especially cold we hold meeting time inside providing children with the opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills, and to learn songs and dances that will stay with them for life. We investigate growing things, discuss hot topics of the season and count as a group.
After meeting time, children move freely between the block and art room, and are able to engage with art projects, tactile materials such as play dough or gak, role-playing, and toys such as fake food, puppets, dress up costumes, and wooden blocks for construction.
When inside time ends we all go outside for lunch. Right now we ask that every child bring a packed lunch and snack to school each day. When the children have eaten their lunches they are free to continue their outside play until they are picked up for the day.
A limited number of children may stay until 3:30pm on Monday—Thursday. Since it is a longer stay, these children have rest time and activities after lunch. Each child gets ready for their nap or rest and are read two stories by a teacher. After a period of quiet resting or sleep, the group gathers and chooses whether to work on art projects in the art room or play outside. Fridays we offer a half day and the school closes at 12:30.
Please contact us to schedule a tour if you are interested in attending our school.