Children's House (3 - 6 years)
In Children's House, the child learns through curiosity, exploration, independence, and responsibility. The Children’s House classrooms consist of a vibrant community of 3 to 6 year old children who work together and learn from each other every day. At Childpeace, there are four Children’s House classrooms at our Northwest campus, and one classroom available in Southeast Portland.
Children are free to choose work that interests them in that moment and to repeat that activity with concentrated attention until their interest is satisfied. Children work and learn at their own pace as they manipulate a diverse array of activities and engage with their peers. This individualized approach to learning removes competition as a motivating factor and allows children to meet their authentic needs, leading to the development of self-discipline and building social cohesion within the group.
Childpeace has five Children’s House classrooms, four groups at our Northwest location and one at our Southeast location. It is a three-year program for most children, who enter at age three and are a part of their community until they are six years old and ready for first grade.
The adults guide individual children through a deep curriculum of lessons in:
- Practical life skills
- Exercises that stimulate the developing senses
- Spoken and written language
The individual lessons are offered based on observing a child’s abilities and interests and always involve concrete experiences in which the adult aims to connect the child to the joy of the work.
During these years, children prefer activities they can engage in with their hands, work on at their own pace and choose according to their interests.
They transition from watching and mimicking older mentors to taking pride in being experienced leaders. They move toward:
- Social independence: initiating and completing activities
- Helping others
- Caring for the classroom
- Contributing their unique perspective and interests to the group