St. Mark’s provides a safe, convenient and accessible location with an environment in which children learn by doing what they do best and most naturally – playing. We have over 20,000 square feet of available building space including 8 child-friendly, age-appropriate classrooms serving approximately 130 children and 90 plus families age birth to kindergarten. (We provide classes with a high ratio of adults to children, exceeding the NAEYC recommendations.) Each classroom is carpeted and bright with lots of natural light. Every room has a classroom sink and adjoining bathroom, as well as a hallway door and playground door opening to one of our three beautiful and spacious playgrounds. In addition, we have a “Big Room” for indoor gross motor play, including climbing, jumping, bouncing, rocking, riding, running and tumbling.
When you walk into one of our nationally accredited (NAEYC), developmentally-appropriate classrooms, here is what you will see:
- Teachers: Two loving, nurturing teachers who consider the best interests of each child.
- Parent/Adult Participation: One supportive adult volunteer who lends a helpful hand (in the 2-5 year old classes.
- Art Area: Art supplies and activities that allow exploration, experimentation and creation.
- Building Area: Blocks of all kinds, shapes and colors.
- Dramatic Play: Props and furniture with which children may pretend to be anywhere their imaginations take them.
- Music: St. Mark’s has a dedicated music teacher that visits classrooms weekly.
- Reading Area: Books and a couch – a soft place for reading alone or with others.
- Science Area: Items found in nature that stimulate moments of wonder and curiosity.
- Tactile Table: Materials for learning through touch – sand, water, cornstarch, rice, play dough, gak…
- Writing Table: Pens, pencils, crayons and makers for writing everything from letter of the alphabet to letters to friends.