After getting her MA in Early Childhood Education, Sandi started as a creative arts teacher at elementary schools 33 years ago. After traveling from school to school, offering various creative programs in art, music, and drama, she opened her own preschool in 2000. Thistlegarten Preschool offers arts program every day. They also offer cooking sessions (Tuesdays), drama (Wednesdays), music and science projects (Thursdays), and movements (Fridays) program once a week. Children are exposed to traditional childhood activities plus aspects of ballet, jazz, modern, character, mime and gymnastics - with an emphasis on individual creativity. The enhancement of self-esteem, confidence, and creativity is the program's fundamental goal while the overall sensation is simply 'a whole lot of fun!'. Parents are more than welcome to drop-in their child just for a few hours but Sandi cautions parents that the kids may not want to leave after a few hours of fun!
Sandi holds a BS in Child Development and a MA in Early Childhood Education. Sandi has a vast background in performing arts such as Broadway shows and Dance Companies in N.Y. and L.A., years of experience with creative play, musical groups, and is a published writer and respected speaker on teacher development and inspiration. She has taught workshops with the NAEYC and CAEYC and holds a California Teaching Credential.
|8:30am - 9:30am||Free play (all themed play rooms are open, kids can play anywhere as long as the teacher is present)|
|9:00am - 10:00am||Circle time, talk about today's project|
|10:00am - 10:15am||Outdoor themed exercise|
|10:15am - 10:40am||Morning project (art, cooking, music, dance, etc.|
|10:40am - 11:00am||Wash hands, snack|
|11:00am - 11:45am||Free outdoor play|
|11:45am - 12:00pm||Play time|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Lunch|
|1:00pm - 3:00pm||Nap/quiet time|
|3:00pm - 3:30pm||Potty & wash|
|3:30pm - 4:30pm||Afternoon project (art, science, drama, etc.)|
|4:30pm - 5:30pm||Free play|