Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Today our Kindergarten class visited Hickory Nut Gap Farm for apple tasting, crafts, animal visiting and a corn maze. We also celebrated one of our students sixth birthday! Then we headed to Looking Glass Creamery for a short tour and visit with Tess and Vivi, the mascot goats, and the faithful guard dogs, Moses and Bella. After a run through the field with the chickens, we walked down the road to our of our families homes to have a picnic and play time. Perfect autumn weather and so much fun it was hard to leave!

Preschool Open House

Hello all Mamas, Papas, and little children!

We wanted to let you know that our Spring Open House at Grow With Me (Preschool Classroom) will be occuring on Monday, April 12th from 9:30AM until 11:30AM. Everyone is invited to stop by and get a feel for what Grow With Me has to offer!

The classroom will be open for free play and will also have some special play centers set up to give the little ones a taste of what part of our day is like. Our teacher, Sarah Justice, will also be on hand along with some of our currently enrolled families to assist you with any questions you have about our program (there will also be a Kindergarten representative on hand to show you the K classroom and answer any questions)!

 For those of you who don’t know about our program, Grow With Me is waldorf-inspired learning cooperative located in East Asheville. We operate on a Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday schedule from 9am-12:30pm and require that parents are scheduled to work in the classroom 2 days per month minimum. While at school, the children flow in and out of the daily rhythms which may include free play, circle time, centers, baking, bread making, snack, outdoor play/exploration, creative movement, music, story times, and lunch.

Grow With Me Pre-K has a ratio of 1:4 (one teacher, 2 parents) and caps it’s enrollment at 12 students per classroom. If we sound like a good fit for your family or you have additional questions or curiousities, stop by during the Open House or email (we are always open to having prospective families schedule visits during our regular school days)! We would love to meet you and get you acquainted with OUR family at GWM!

 Until then, Michelle Gullage Membership Coordinator, Grow With Me growwithmecooperative@yahoo.com 828-713-5261

Kindergarten Open House, March 25

If you have a 4-6 year old and you are interested in a kindergarten program that nurtures your child’s spirit and fosters a love for learning, we invite you to Grow With Me Co-Op Kindergarten’s Open House, Thursday, March 25. Our dedicated and talented teacher, Becca Lane, will be leading the class and you are welcome to visit between 10 and 12.

Class meets T, W, Th 9am-1pm
Location: Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville
Contribution: $175/month & Parents rotate as assistants in the classroom.

RSVP or ask questions via our comment section.

Curriculum Content:
This program is designed to incorporate philosophies presented by Rudolf Steiner, as are incorporated in Waldorf education; although, we do not follow this model only. Our program’s inspiration is in following values: Reverence, Repetition, and Rhythm.

Curriculum includes subjects such as nature/science, art, culture, music, fantasy and literature. We have developed a curriculum consistent with the young child’s dreamy, playful approach to life. We offer opportunities for creative and imaginative play, activities for manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination allowing the intelligence of the child to penetrate the fingers, and practice in developing language art and social skills.

Our mission statement:
We, as a community of young children and parents, seek to create a cooperative learning program that facilitates social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in a loving, supportive atmosphere. We will nurture a respect for self, others, and nature while providing a safe environment for our children to stretch their imaginations and to explore their interests.

Our cooperative teaching environment offers children a continuous thread of experience bridging school and home, fosters a deeper relationship between parent and child and helps families better integrate their child’s personal needs and interests into their school environment.