Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Valley Ranch

Now, doesn't that just sound like a place you want to go? Well, Holden sure does. Happy Valley Ranch is the name of her new preschool! I know, how can we be here already? But, she will be 3 1/2 in the fall and she is having a blast and thriving at Magical Mornings, so Ian and I decided a two days a week preschool next fall would be the right choice for her. Of course the decision has to be made now, sign up started today and many of the schools are already filled-crazy! I was pretty sure this was the place, but Holden's current teacher told me I better get my but out there today to check the place out because enrollment may be full by tomorrow!

So, we went out there today to check it out and Holden did not want to come home with me. This place is ridiculously awesome! The owner started with a tour of the "peanut" classroom, where Holden will be, and Little Miss sat right down at a table with the other students and joined in with snack time. She's not a shy one, that's for sure. They have monthly themes and the books and centers all focus on the theme. Students are allowed to choose their centers and activities each day (student choice was big with me at this stage). They have circle time, reading time, snack time, and recess time every day.

Recess time....the best part. There is a great playground and open field for the usual recess antics. However, this place has something most preschools do not....ponies! The stable anad barn are open to the recess area for the kids. No joke. There are 5 ponies and if kids want they can have a pony ride every day at recess. There is also a petting farm in the barn. Two ducks (Dora and Diego), pigs, rabbits, goats, chickens,sheep, and a peacock.

This is small, relaxed, child centered, and not super focused on academics for the three year olds. It feels welcoming and has a loving atmosphere. I think she will thrive here and I am so excited for her!

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