Our Programs

Village Home offers homeschoolers a variety of learning opportunities, activities, and travel for learners and their families.

Homeschooling provides customized, flexible, and adventurous learning. Village Home enhances our choice-based class experiences by providing diverse activities in which learners and families can participate. Village Home learners experience Field Trips, Teen Retreats, Outdoor School, and various types of teams and competitions such as Mock Trial, Model UN, First Lego League, and Destination Imagination.

Classes and Clubs

Village Home offers over 200 weekly classes and activities for learners who want an alternative-to-school.In our classes, we focus on active, hands-on learning with plenty of opportunity to THINK collaboratively. Our teachers engage your child’s imagination and ignite their desire to learn in small, mixed-age classes. Average class size is 10, with a student:teacher ratio of 8:1. Classes are taught by paid professional instructors who are background checked for your child’s safety. We also offer “clubs” which are casual gatherings hosted by Village Home parents.  Classes and clubs are tuition based. Click here for the current Course Catalog  

Choices Education Mentoring for Teens

Choices Education Mentoring for Ages 14 – 18  Independent Learning for Independent Minds Learn in a way that is relevant for you, and that allows you to follow your interests and passions. Academic Approach: Own Your Learning.  Because your teen is unique, we believe that his or her education should be too. At Choices we honor that learners need creative freedom, trust, and hands-on experiences to fully engage in the world around them, and in their own education. Too many teens “phone it in” in the classroom, or, play the “game called school”, without engaging actively in their own education. We work with your teen to create a custom approach their education based on their interests and goals. Choices practices a holistic, community-based educational approach informed by the work of Growing Without Schooling founder John Holt, by the passion of educator activist, John Taylor Gatto, and from the Developmental Immersion-Mastery theory utilized in Enki alternative education. We focus on the whole learner – mind, body, and heart – and foster each learner’s confidence by guiding her through intellectual exploration, discussion, practice, and concrete application. We believe that intrinsic motivation is the engine of learning. Many times, the traditional school systems do not to motivate the student, or focus on the desires of the student. The lock-step “bell system,” with its restrictive, structured environment, and attendance-based, mandatory curricula often does not create an atmosphere conducive to self-motivating learning.  Our approach is decidedly different from the mainstream. We believe that learning is a natural and enjoyable lifelong process, and one that requires freedom and self-direction if it is to be truly effective, rewarding and satisfying. Our mentors are educators who enjoy helping teens develop into self-motivated, independent learners. Our educators guide students through options, resources, and academics much like a travel agent. We look at where the learner is and where he or she wants to go and collaboratively make a map of how to get there. Through an authentic, personalized approach that promotes high standards, we help the student map out learning opportunities grounded in the world that reflect their unique needs and desires. Learners and their parents work with our staff to design a learning plan that reflects the learners’ interests, goals, and honors their learning style. Learners are encouraged and supported in the process of determining what they want to learn, how they will learn it, and at what pace. We have found that freedom in learning, when given with support and mentorship, is the best motivator of all. Learners who have been stifled in the public system can become happy, successful, and highly motivated when allowed to pursue their educational goals in a student-centered program, totally free of restrictions and restraints on how and what the student is allowed to learn. Discover what owning your learning can do. Package Options For Choices Learners Community Learning Package  ($7,500/Year) What is included in the Community Learning Package? One hour weekly mentoring sessions individually or in small groups with professional learning consultant. Access to all Village Home Class offerings (if available) ($6500 value). All Access Pass to Campus T-F, 9:30 – 3:30. Learning Plan Development with Mentor Academic goal setting Work record tracking by family and mentor End-of-Term narrative summary of learning completed by learner and mentor Year-end Academic Record Report (not for HS credit) Collaboration Learning Package  ($2,500/Year)  What is included in the Collaboration Package? One-hour weekly mentoring sessions individually or in small groups with professional learning consultant. Learning Plan Development with Mentor and regular check-ins with mentor via email. Academic Goal Setting Work record tracking by family and mentor End-of-Term narrative summary of learning completed by learner and mentor Year-end Academic Record Report (not for HS credit) Choices is a non-traditional academic path. All Academic Reports are non-transferable and non-credit based. Will Choices Work for You? Learners who have diagnosed learning differences may or may not be successful in the Choices Program at Village Home Education Resource Center. Everyone has learning differences, and we at Village Home, wouldn’t have it any other way, but we also recognize that our unique learning environment and program structure is not appropriate for everyone. The Village Home community learning environment and the Choices Personalized Education option are best suited for self-directed, intrinsically motivated, lifelong learners who actively participate in their educational plans with their families. Not all learners are able to function successfully in a classroom environment that demands a certain level of social and emotional skill to navigate. In addition, the faculty in Choices and at Village Home are not specifically trained to accommodate learners with learning differences. For these reasons, Village Home and Choices staff reserve the right to make decisions regarding suitability of a learner for our programs. Non-discrimination policy: All learners are welcome at Village Home regardless of race, age, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disabilities, or education philosophy. Choices Mentor, Jenny Forrester Oregon-certified teacher Jenny Forrester is an award-winning author published in a number of print and online publications, including Seattle’s City Arts Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Hip Mama, The Literacy Kitchen, Indiana Review, and Columbia Journal. Her work is included in the Listen to Your Mother Anthology published 2015 and her memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky was published in May 2017. Jenny also curates the Unchaste Readers Series and has been teaching at Village Home for several years. She has enjoyed learning as much as teaching and believes in the power of independent thought, freedom, and words to develop a strong spirit and a tender heart.   Email choices@villagehome.org for more information or call 503-597-9100 to set up an information meeting.

Service Learning

In addition to our Community Duty volunteer program at Village Home, we facilitate opportunities to serve our greater community. We know that giving back feels good, teaches us about the world and others, and strengthens our Village Home connection to make a difference in the world together. Village Home provides family-friendly community service opportunities for our learners and their families in the greater Portland/Metro area through our partnerships with Oregon Food Bank, SOLVEOregon,  Faith Cafe hot meals for those hungry for food and community,  and Northwest Children’s Outreach. We also encourage Village Home families to let us know about more opportunities for service! Thank you for your service to the community! Village Home is great because we have families who are willing to invest their time and talent in the community.    Upcoming Community Service Opportunities (See Field Trip Listing) For Information on our Teen Volunteer Program, click here.

Day Program: Homeschool Hybrid for Learners Age 5 to 13

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In the Day Program, learners are academically and socially engaged, and inspired to take ownership of their learning. This program is designed for homeschooling families looking for a classroom community part-time. The Village Home Day Program enters our 4th year in Fall 2019/20 with 4 cohorts in Beaverton and 1 cohort in Portland. To join the Day Program, submit an application, pay the Application Fee, and then schedule an interview. After the interview a class visitation may be arranged with the instructor. Upon acceptance a 10% deposit will is required to hold the spot in the cohort. Please note, this is NOT designed to be a comprehensive program --- it is part-time only. VISIT THE DAY PROGRAM FACEBOOK PAGE Two-Day Option, Monday and Friday, Beaverton Campus, 5150 SW Watson Ages 5 - 7, Instructor - Shannon Reilly and Emily Souther Ages 8 - 10, Instructor - Aimee Sharp Ages 11 - 13, Instructor - Emily Zionts One-Day Option, Wednesday, Portland Campus, 1800 SE Water Ages 8 - 12, Instructor - Aimee Sharp Both locations meet 33 weeks a year, from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm with optional 8:30 am drop-off. Optional 1 pm pick-up for Ages 5-7 only. DAY PROGRAM FOCUS Experiential, inquiry-based, student-centered learning Interdisciplinary group projects Time to play and think together Build tool belt for learning through math and language arts practice DAY PROGRAM OUTCOMES Cultivate the student's natural desire to learn Build self-awareness and appreciation of the world around them Develop problem-solving and creative-thinking skills Build learning skills in language arts and mathematics Enhance interpersonal skills WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE? Each day will have a schedule that includes some free exploration time, some guided group learning opportunities, some individualized online learning, group project-based learning, and some independent work. We maintain our commitment to making learning fun and engaging, while also holding a high expectation for participation. We are applying over 13 years of experience with facilitating learning engagement to design this program to be a learner-friendly approach to education, with developmentally appropriate academic and social opportunities that support learner autonomy. TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE - Click to see a Sample Daily Schedule DAY PROGRAM CALENDAR 2019-20 Classes begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm, with optional 8:30 am drop-off Term 1 (Fall) Beaverton: Friday, September 6 – Friday, November 22 (23 days) Portland: Wednesday, September 11 - November 20 (11 days) No class: November 25, 2019 - January 2, 2020 (Winter Break) Term 2 (Winter) Beaverton: Friday, January 3 – Friday, March 20 (21 days) Portland: Wednesday, January 8 - March 18 (11 days) No class: Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Day) Monday, February 17 (Presidents Day) Week of March 23 - 27 (Spring Break) Term 3 (Spring) Beaverton: Monday, March 30 – Monday, June 15 (22 days) Portland: Wednesday, April 1 - June 10 (11 days) No class: Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) Inclement Weather make-up days will be held during the week of March 16th WHO IS THE DAY PROGRAM FOR? Families who value high quality educational opportunities as much as learner autonomy, and who are seeking academic and social enrichment on a part-time basis for their children. In the Village Home Day program, the parent is still seen as the student's primary educator. Because this is a cohort-based program, learners in the program need to be functioning academically, socially, and emotionally at or above their grade level. 2019/20 TUITION & FEES APPLICATION FEE (non-refundable): $60 TUITION One day a week (Wed 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, SE Portland):  $1,600/year Two days a week (Mon & Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Beaverton): $3,200/year 10% non-refundable deposit to secure spot for 2019/20 Monthly Payment Plan and 10% Sibling Discount Available. No Financial Aid at this time. HOW DO I APPLY? Learn: Read through the information on this page, then email dayprogram@villagehome.org with any questions, or apply now. We will be happy to briefly chat about the program and how it may serve your child. Apply:  CLICK HERE Interview: A member of the staff will set up an interview time for you and your child. There is an Application Fee that must be paid prior to the interview being scheduled ($60, nonfundable). Visit: set up a visit to the classroom, if possible (classroom visits are not always possible) Admission Decision: An admission decision will be emailed to you. Deposit and Contract: A non refundable deposit is due with a signed contract within two weeks  to hold your spot. INSTRUCTORS 11-13 Cohort, Beaverton:  Emily Zionts 8-10 Cohort, Beaverton:  Aimee Sharp 5-7 Cohort, Beaverton: Shannon Reilly 5-7 Cohort, Beaverton: Emily Souther 8-12 Cohort, Portland: Aimee Sharp PARTICIPATING IN VILLAGE HOME CLASSES Day Program families have priority registration and can register for a la carte classes on other days at the regular per-class tuition rate. Village Home rules about unattended children on campus (must be in a class, have a parent on campus, or have a gap exception) apply. ABOUT VILLAGE HOME Village Home is a dynamic, choice-based learning community that creatively integrates family, education and real life to empower learners in of all ages. Since 2002, Village Home has been providing a new model of education for 21st-century home-based learners in preschool through high school. At the core of our approach is the belief that learning is


Village Home Tutoring Ignite the Spark One Learner at a Time Individualized learning is more than a buzzword at Village Home.  We understand that every person is a unique learner with their own learning style and preferences.  One-on-one tutoring is the ultimate in personalized learning, allowing the learner to move at their own pace through material, in a way that is relevant to them.  So, whether you want to deepen understanding in a subject, or, manage to catch up in areas, one-on-one tutoring can be the most cost-effective and efficient way to do so. The Tutors Click to MEET OUR TUTORS Village Home hires tutors who are also classroom teachers at Village Home, so they have plenty of experience guiding various types of learners. From our bank of tutors, we can cover almost all subject areas and grade levels. All tutors are background checked, and will meet you at either of our campuses, or at another mutually-agreed upon location About Tutoring Packages at Village Home You may purchase tutoring sessions in packs of one, five, or ten 50-minute sessions.  Based on your needs and preferences, we will help you select a suitable tutor.  The tutor will contact you within 24 hours to schedule an appointment at a mutually agreed upon time. We recommend scheduling your tutoring sessions with your tutor well in advance to insure availability. Possible locations include: Village Home main campus, a public library, or a public coffee shop. If you and the tutor are unable to find a mutually acceptable time, you may ask to be assigned to a different tutor. Or, if you feel your tutor is not a suitable match, please contact the office and we will help identify another tutor. Tutoring/Music/Reading Packages General Tutoring – 10 pack $380.00 USDGeneral Tutoring – 5 pack $200.00 USDMusic – 5 pack $140.00 USDReading Specialist – 10 pack $450.00 USDReading Specialist – 5 pack $225.00 USDReading Evaluation $55.00 USD New Pricing As of December 1, 2017 Sessions are 60 minutes Regular Academic Tutoring Session Session: 1 hour $40/hour $200 for a 5 pack of sessions $380 for a 10 pack of sessions ($38/hour)   Reading Specialist Session with Christie Ranslow (Initial Evaluation is $55) Session: 1 hour $45 per hour $225 for a 5 pack of sessions $450 for a 10 pack of sessions (no package discounts)   Music Lesson Session: 30 minutes $28/lesson $140 for a 5 pack of sessions (no package discounts) Click to REGISTER for TUTORING  Refund and Cancellation Policy Tutoring packages must be paid in full at time of registration. There are no refunds for tutoring sessions delivered. Tutoring packages expire at the end of the current academic year, June 30, and there are no refunds for expired hours. You are required to give your tutor 24-hour notice of cancellation. If you fail to give notification and miss an appointment, you forfeit that session. For more information: 503-597-9100, or email tutor@villagehome.org  For Salem requests, call 503-400-7854, or email salemoffice@villagehome.org

Theater Arts/Drama Program at Village Home

Our Drama Department is led by the incomparable Whitney Johnson. Each year, we have three opportunitunities for our learners to shine on stage: Fall Musical (staged at end of Fall Term) for ages 10-14. Click here for details for performers. Bloom Homegrown Talent Show (Spring Term) Teen Play (staged in May) for ages 14+ Our fall musical productions strive to include as many learners on stage as possible. We believe in the power of theater for building self-confidence and community spirit.  The productions are a fantastic team effort that includes many volunteer parents as well. The spring teen drama is a smaller production aimed at giving high schoolers the chance to stretch their acting wings. Both productions involve learners in every aspect of the production on stage and behind the scenes – we believe in giving the students complete ownership of the process. Once opening night begins, Whitney is in the audience, and the learners have taken over the process completely, supporting and helping each other, and taking care of all of the backstage management. Often there is also a Props & Costumes class where learners help with designing and creating the costumes, props and sets. Since 2015, Village Home hosts  a chapter of the International Thespian Society. Click for more information on our Drama Club: drama-club-thespians These are a few pics from our teen production in May 2019. Fall Musicals 2019 Willy Wonka JR 2018 The Lion King JR 2017 The Little Mermaid JR. 2016 Elf Jr. 2015 Guys & Dolls Jr. 2014 Peter Pan Jr. 2013 Alice in Wonderland Jr. 2012 Seussical Jr. 2011 Bugsy Malone Jr. 2010 Aladdin Jr. 2009 Willy Wonka Jr. 2008 Pirates of Penzance Jr. Spring Plays 2019 Bad Auditions for Bad Actors 2018 16 in Ten Minutes or Less 2017  Our Town 2016 Twelve Angry Jurors 2015 Almost, Maine 2014 Check, Please! 2013 Phantom Tollbooth 2012 Crazy House  

Field Trips & Workshops Portland Area

 At Village Home, we embrace hands-on learning beyond the classroom walls, so you will discover a large array of opportunities here that appeal to our diverse community members. Field Trips may be academic, environmental, recreational, or cultural in nature. We take advantage of school-shows with special pricing frequently. Village Home is often able to pass on significant savings from regular prices, and we always do the planning legwork for you. Workshops are unique, one-time offerings typically held at Village Home. Examples of workshops include our Artisan Workshop series featuring area artists, holiday workshops, visits from the Oregon Zoo, and more. The typical workshop is one to three hours in length. Prices and times vary, see event listing for details. Registering for Field Trips, Workshops, and other special opportunities is fast and easy! SEE OUR CURRENT FIELD TRIPS HERE SEE OUR CURRENT WORKSHOPS HERE Field Trip and Workshop Policy Payment is required at the time of registration. You are responsible for paying for all events you register for, even if you do not attend the event. Field trip participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied on off-campus field trips by a parent, guardian, or parent designee. (Workshops at Village Home do not require parent attendance, unless noted.) Field trips begin and end at the field trip location. Village Home provides no transportation to and from field trips. Village Home does not allow "caravanning" to a field trip location. We encourage participants to carpool whenever possible, but carpooling arrangements must be made amongst participants. Refund Policy: Your registration is your commitment to participate in the field trip or workshop and to pay for the event. You will be responsible for paying for all events you register for, even if you do not attend the event. In some cases, we are able to accommodate a cancellation request. For example, if you registered for an event, then changed your mind about attending, you may contact the Field Trip Coordinator (fieldtrips@villagehome.org) to make a cancellation request. If we are able to honor the request, we will. If not, you are still responsible for payment. All cancellation requests are subject to approval by the Field Trip Coordinator. Refunds will be made to all parties if Village Home cancels the event. Field Trip participants represent Village Home in the community, and are expected to follow our guidelines to respect self, others, and property at all times. Late arrivals will not be accommodated. Suggest a Field Trip Have an idea for a field trip? We want to hear from you! Please email fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let us know about great field trip opportunities. We are happy to put together a great slate of offerings with help from the community. Thank you for the input! Be a Field Trip Leader Be a trip leader! Help Village Home be a strong, close-knit community by volunteering as a trip leader. Trip leaders are the go-to person at the field trip event, and the glue that holds the group together. It is an easy, but vitally important job. Trip leaders make the trips fun for everyone! What does a Trip Leader do? Before the trip, we will send you a list of all of the attendees. Stop by the office to pick up a "Village Home" sign to hold up at the event. Arrive 10 minutes early at the designated meeting place with your handy-dandy sign, and greet Village Home attendees as they arrive. Like a good hostess, introduce participants to each other. Answer participant questions. Serve as the on-site contact with the venue, if needed. After the trip, send an email to fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let  us know if this is a trip we should do again, or to report any things that didn't go as planned. Benefits of being a trip leader: You get to help make a wonderful experience for your VH friends! If we have a "free pass" for trip chaperones, that benefit will be passed to you as the trip leader. Sign Me Up! It's easy, simply register for the field trips you want to enjoy with your friends, and email fieldtrips@villagehome.org to let us know you are willing to serve as the field trip leader. Thank you in advance for your help!

Retreats & Outdoor School

Village Home organizes the Teen Retreat each fall (ages 13+) and Outdoor School (ages 9 – 14) each spring. These overnight adventures last a few days and are chaperoned by VH staff and parent volunteers. These opportunities that build and strengthen relationships between VH friends are invaluable.

Competitions & Bees

Village Home of Champions: Learning in Friendly Competition Village Home learners shine at regional, state, and national school competitions and Bees. Our learners have the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions, and have won numerous awards after competing in national and global arenas. Most recently, one of Village Home’s three Mock Trial Teams won the 2015 State Championship and competed at nationals in North Carolina. Mock Trial, Model United Nations, and the International Thespian Honor Society are Village Home classes in the course catalog, and teams are formed from those classes. Other Village Home teams are created and led by parent volunteers and include Destination Imagination, First Lego League, Jr. First Lego League, and First Tech Challenge. The Homeschool Bees are hosted by Village Home and open to all Portland/Metro area homeschoolers. The National History Bee, the National Geographic Bee, and the Scripps Spelling Bee series begin in January each year. Read more about all of these opportunities below, and check the Village Home Calendar and Events page for current dates and deadlines. Mock Trial The Village Home Mock Trial program (VHMT) started in 2010 with a small group of interested learners. Over the years it has grown into a highly successful program with two or more teams each year. VHMT participates in the Oregon High School Mock Trial competition, organized by Classroom Law Project. Each year, over 70 teams from high schools around the state compete in regional competitions in March. VHMT has placed in the top five at State seven times in its nine years. In 2015, VHMT won State and represented Oregon at Nationals. Members work hard but have tons of fun while challenging themselves, learning important life skills, and making lasting memories with their teammates.  To prepare, teams prep mock court cases, playing the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and court officers. They develop critical analysis, public speaking, teamwork, and research skills while learning about legal concepts and civic engagement.  Team members gain poise and self-confidence under pressure. Through in-class practices and scrimmages with other schools, the team(s) prepare for competition. Mock Trial requires a commitment outside of class – extra practices and scrimmages happen outside of the regular class time and teach learners valuable time management skills.  More details about this year’s program here. Model United Nations Model United Nations is an incredible opportunity for students from all over the state to come together and debate real-world, relevant issues. Not only does it allow for in-depth and stimulating research about these topics, but it provides a platform to begin discussion on an ultimate solution. Every generation is given a duty to maintain security and international harmony. Model United Nations strives to emulate the peacekeeping qualities of the true United Nations: an organization created for peace and for justice. In a world plagued by violence, the United Nations stands as a prevailing hope of civilized argument, of agreement, and of compromise. In 2013, VH student Amelia Bryan, was awarded Secretary. In 2014, the VH team represented Canada and Turkey, and in 2015, the VH team represented Russia. International Thespian Honor Society The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association’s student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS. That number continues to grow, with more than 36,000 students from around the country being inducted each year. Village Home’s Thespian is led by troupe director and drama program instructor, Whitney Johnson. Students earn an invitation to be inducted into the Thespian Society. Thespian troupes include students in grades 9-12, and Junior Thespian troupes include students in grades 6-8. There are troupes in more than 4,000 high schools and middle schools. A few of our Thespian alumni are famous names from the entertainment industry, including Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, James Marsters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephen Schwartz. But most alumni are in just about any industry you can imagine and excel using skills they learned as Thespians. Destination Imagination The mission of Destination Imagination (DI) is to develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st Century Skills and creativity. The DI program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus, and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts, and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a regional and state tournaments. Start a Team Information. First Lego League/Jr. First Lego League First Lego League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. For children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey. First Tech Challenge First Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. Individual Competitions Every year Village Home hosts the Portland/Metro Homeschool Bees! These include the National History Bee, the National Geographic Bee, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Bees start in January, and are open to all area homeschoolers. Check the Village

Preschool Offerings

Preschool Enrichment for Homeschooled Children and Their Parents at Village Home All of our preschool offerings require parent attendance and participation at all times. In addition to our scheduled classes and clubs, we have an on-site play area for our families with preschoolers so that you can enjoy playing together while older siblings are in class. We offer a small handful of preschool classes and clubs for you to enjoy with your preschooler. Little Villagers at Village Home Little Villagers is our primary offering for the preschoolers and their parent. Little Villagers provides a gentle, home-like environment, where children have the freedom and opportunity to simply be children. Self directed creative play occupies a large portion of their day, as play is truly the work of the child. We believe that the best environment for learning and development is one in which children gain self-esteem, enjoy discovering basic learning materials, develop cooperative play skills, and build trusting relationships with each other and with adults. We encourage children to be individuals while learning to respect the rights of others and progress at their own pace. We believe parent’s involvement is essential since the parent is the primary educator. Little Villagers will enrich the parent-child relationship through parent participation and leadership in the classroom. Parents achieve a better understanding of their child’s development with regular involvement in the children’s activities and play materials. What guides the attitudes, words, and gestures of our parents and facilitators is the knowledge that young children learn through imitation.  Parents are an integral part of Little Villagers through their presence. Parents are asked to model active participation in every aspect of our daily routine. The instructor strongly encourages the parent to share their ideas, suggestions, and input.  Little Villagers is for our youngest community members (ages 3 – 4 years old). Parents are asked to bring a nut-free snack from home for their own child and themselves daily. At Little Villagers we have a flexible, unhurried daily rhythm included in all of our activities: outdoor play, story time, block building, painting, clay and beeswax modeling, circle time and bread baking to name a few.