In the Classroom

Livingston Street ClassroomClassroom life can be noisy in a pre-school setting, and that is certainly the case at Livingston Street too! You can be sure to hear giggling in dress-up, stomping as someone jumps up and down in excitement, or just joyously loud singing. Much of what we do in the classroom focuses on introducing new concepts, materials and challenges while creating positive, rewarding learning experiences. A typical classroom day incorporates routines that aid development in young children by creating a sense of security, an understanding of expectations, and a feeling of independence.

Livingston Street PlaygroundPart of what makes Livingston Street special is our commitment to outdoor time for children. We call our outdoor setting the playgarten or the outdoor classroom. We are conscientious  about giving children the space they need to roam in a natural environment, using the physical and biological landscape to teach and learn. In our outdoor classroom, we have trees to climb, loose parts to make forts, a hill with a winding path, salamanders hiding under rocks, large boulders, and three sandboxes. Children and teachers are encouraged to play, challenge themselves and find magic in the outdoors. As Richard Louv writes in his book, Last Child In the Woods, “If getting our kids out into nature is a search for perfection, or is one more chore, then the belief in perfection and the chore defeats the joy. It’s a good thing to learn more about nature in order to share this knowledge with children; it’s even better if the adult and child learn about nature together. And it’s a lot more fun.”

Another significant part of the outdoor experience is the surrounding neighborhood and all the wonderful people and resources we have within walking distance of Livingston Street. Our community is right outside the front door and offers art galleries, interesting people, parks, a boating port, shop keepers, museums, and a small grocery store. Creating an appreciation of community for young children is important because they develop a sense of security, awareness of risk assessment, and confidence. Also, our hope is that when they grow into adults, the children of Livingston Street will appreciate their own communities through volunteerism, voting, and developing a sense of civic responsibility.