Art is an outlet for self expression, imagination, and creativity. Children construct their knowledge of the world and discover possibilities by seeing and feeling a variety of materials. Realizing they can control or manipulate artistic media (paint, crayons, clay) gives way to meaning making and establishing a personal language in their artwork. Growth in the core areas of child development weaves alongside artistic development. Verbalizing their thoughts or actions supports visual language development as your child begins to connect to their artistic experiences.
Listening to and playing music during childhood has positive effects on learning, and is just plain fun! As with language development, young ears learn music naturally through simple exposure to songs and rhythms. With regular exposure, music will become as second-nature to your child as walking and talking. Children audiate, hear music in their heads, long before music making begins.Our students enjoy a wide array of percussion instruments (xylophones, shakers, drums) as well as many international (talking drum, seed rattle, rainstick) and traditional instruments (recorder, guitar, piano).
Benefits of music include:
Benefits of exercise include:
Gardening offers many benefits to children. It is a purposeful activity involving mind and body, and it is valued by society. Gardening not only promotes healthy lifestyles in children, but has also been shown to improve children’s behavior and performance at school, improve their attitudes about, and appreciation for the environment. Gardens serve as great outdoor classrooms for a variety of subjects including science, math, creative writing and art. The garden is a wonderful space for kids with different learning styles and abilities to work in groups and engage in hands-on, cross-disciplinary education.
Benefits can include:
The Incredible Years DINA Classroom Curriculum is a child training curriculum that strengthens children’s social, emotional and academic competencies such as understanding and communicating feelings, using effective problem solving strategies, managing anger, practicing friendship and conversational skills, as well as appropriate classroom behaviors. This program is taught by trained therapists and used by the teachers as a social program for an entire classroom of students. http://www.incredibleyears.com/programs/child/classroom-curriculum/
Benefits of Dinosaur School include:
Most importantly, TimberNook reveals the fun in outdoor play.
Our students do everything from re-creating stories in nature to building elaborate designs and structures out in the woods to having enchanted forest. Unstructured free play is incorporated into every day, and children take the lead. Collage is a licensed provider of Timbernook.com
“Nature is the ultimate sensory experience.” — Angela Hanscom, MOT, OTR/L (Founder and CEO, TimberNook)
TimberNook intricately weaves the therapeutic aspects of nature with its unique understanding of child development to create an outdoor program that supports every aspect of the growing child. Every TimberNook setting and activity is carefully analyzed for its therapeutic value. Each activity provides the opportunity for children to utilize all of their senses to the fullest.
Our functional academic program addresses areas that will be used by the student for the rest of their life. These are skills that will have meaning for the child and will help them be as independent as possible.