Play is the work of childhood

A nature-based toddler and preschool program, encouraging curiosity in a community environment

A nature-based toddler and preschool program, encouraging curiosity in a small community atmosphere

Our customized schedules fit the needs of your family

Our customized schedules fit the needs of your family

Programs at 5 Senses School

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Toddler

Ages 15 months to 2.9 years

Our toddler program enhances the children’s skills in the following areas: social and emotional, physical mastery, language, and sensory. Toddlers work on self-help skills under the guidance of our nurturing teachers.

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Preschool

Ages 2.9-4

Children learn independence and self-respect while respecting the rights of others, all while enhancing their physical, emotional, and intellectual development, using language and listening to get along with others in their environment.

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Pre-K

Ages 4-5

Children are provided materials and opportunities to experience the different academics they will encounter in Kindergarten while promoting social interactions as they meet, play, and work together as partners in small and large groups, further encouraging them to problem-solve through situations while learning in a friendly, fun atmosphere.

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Summer

Ages 15 months – 5 years

Under the shade of our Linden tree, children spend much of the summer outside. With water play, nature exploration, bikes, and more, our summer program is all that children can ask for–fresh air, sunshine, and a sunny disposition.

5 Senses School is committed to offering a play-based educational program for all of the children that attend.

5 Senses School is committed to offering a play-based educational program for all of the children that attend.

We strive to ensure that children learn independence and self-respect while respecting the rights of others, all while enhancing their physical, emotional, and intellectual development, using language and listening to get along with others in their environment.

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About 5 Senses School

About 5 Senses School

Our passion is to encourage child curiosity and the utilization of our outdoor space to enhance our curriculum, with a high emphasis on the Reggio Emilia approach.

Our small environment allows for strong personal connections and a community atmosphere. In this way, we are able to support the individualized needs of each family in attendance. Only requiring two days a week with a four-hour minimum, schedules can be customized to fit the needs of each enrolled.

Learn More

We’d love to meet you! Reach out for more information about 5 Senses School for your family, to schedule a tour, or to inquire about employment opportunities.

Enrollment

Register your child for the upcoming school year.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Join a committed staff of teachers with a passion for molding kind humans.

What Parents Are Saying About 5 Senses School

This is truly a special school with exceptionally talented and caring teachers. They have a rich outdoor space and spend a lot of time outside giving kids an appreciation for the outdoors. Their focus on independence is so helpful to parents who all of a sudden have a child who can put on their own clothes, shoes, and coat. They also partnered with us for potty training and our son was trained thanks to them before 2.5. I can’t recommend enough!

Joelle, Parent

We are so happy that we sent our daughter to 5 Senses. She learned so much independence (thanks to their unending patience) for things like: putting on her jacket, shoes, gloves, packing her backpack. Sounds simple but for toddlers and young kids – it’s NOT! We loved how much time they spent outside for play and for learning. They infuse fun into learning in the most creative way. Miss Joanie (as the kids call her) cares so much for these kids, their families, and the community. I can’t say enough!

Lindsay, Parent

Literally the best school I’ve seen for young children. Incredibly caring and thoughtful teachers who love working with this age groups. They have so much experience in the field but remain curious and always wanting to learn more. The teachers partner with you as veteran educators but also understanding what is like to be parent and holding that perspective as well. There is no place like it!

Terri, Parent
5 Senses was the best place for my kids. They fostered an environment of education, playing, and social/emotional learning. The kids spend tons of time outside playing and enjoying the weather (all types of weather). My two children formed lifelong friendships under the age of 5. I believe that Joan and her team had a lot to do with that!
Ellen, Parent

This school welcomed my daughter with such flexibility on such short notice, which is impressive. The approach to child development is key–child focused, with plenty of opportunity for children to be independent. The outside space is absolutely fantastic! The teachers are kind, knowledgeable professionals and have fostered such a positive sense of community. If you are looking for a Reggio-Emilia based school, consider calling this place home!

Serena, Parent
5 Senses was an absolutely incredible experience for my son. It completely brought him out of his shell and his development skyrocketed. The individual attention and care he received went beyond anything I could have imagined and fostered his interests and talents while creating a wonderful community for him. Could not recommend it enough.
Sam, Parent