Our goals are simple:
Help each child find their passion for learning
Use developmentally-appropriate activities and lessons
Help each child grow socially and emotionally
Help each child become a responsible citizen
At Tangerine Schoolhouse, our classrooms and our teachers work to inspire learning in each child. We believe that when learning is relevant to children they become more engaged and willing to work harder to make discoveries. We strongly believe in providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences for our students. We believe in research-based, proven methods that allow children to pursue their interests while developing skills and deepening their understanding. At Tangerine Schoolhouse you’ll find that our Reggio Emilia inspired, play-based curriculum is one of the reasons children love coming to school!
We have two preschool multi-age classrooms where young children can learn and thrive. Because we base what we do after the Italian Reggio Emilia Approach which encourages learning through play and supporting the "100 Languages" that children learn in, we named our classrooms after Italian words. Our Piccolini class is our "little ones." And Bambini simply means "children."
The Piccolini Class for 2, 3 and 4 year olds
The Bambini Class for 4 and 5 year olds (and VPK for students 4 on or before Sept. 1 of the current year)
Our Learn-Through-Play Curriculum
The owners of Tangerine Schoolhouse have created their own preschool curriculum, Preschool Plannables, that focuses on month-long investigations into topics children love to explore! Students will dive deep into their monthly investigations as their dramatic play, block, STEM, literacy, and art centers are transformed each month to incorporate the new theme and offer unique opportunities to investigate, create, and express the knowledge they're learning.
Our Monthly Investigations:
August - Family and Friends
September - All About Me
October - Buildings and Construction
November - Food and Restaurants
December - Around the World
January - Fairy Tales
February - Animals
March - Plants
April - Water
May - Balls and Ramps
Then we have an exciting 10-week summer camp with fun weekly themes that change annually!
You’ll generally find two approaches to early childhood education – a play-based approach and an academics-based approach. Both have their merits, however, decades of research shows that children with a play-based education continue to show positive academic results well after the benefits of an academic preschool experience wear off (around grades 2-3). That's why we know our curriculum, which fosters a sense of curiosity and wonder, will continue to serve our students long after they graduate.
What is included in tuition?
Tuition includes all meals served while your child is here (breakfast, AM snack, lunch, PM snack). If your child is not yet potty trained, we also provide diapers, wipes, and pullups.
What types of food do you serve?
We strive to serve healthy, home-cooked meals for lunch, fruits and veggies for snack, and a nutritious breakfast.
What is your schedule?
We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm. Whether you're part time or full time, you may use those hours however you choose.
We are closed the following days each year:
New Years Day
4th of July
The day after Thanksgiving
We will close the Friday before any holidays that fall on a Saturday and we will close on Monday for any holidays that fall on a Sunday.
Do your have the students take naps? What if my child doesn't nap?
Yes, we do nap time in all classrooms. All children will be given the opportunity to rest while listening to quiet music or stories. If your child doesn’t nap, they will be given quiet activities they can do while others rest. Please note that we will not keep children awake if they want or need to sleep.
What do I need to bring for my child?
The only things you'll need to bring are a change (or two or three if potty training!) of clothes and a water bottle that we can keep at the school and clean and sanitize daily. We provide everything needed for nap time, breakfast, lunch, and two snacks, as well as diapers, Pull-Ups, and wipes.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
No! We will work with your child on potty training when you are ready. We provide all diapers, pull ups, and wipes!
What if my child doesn't eat the food you serve?
Most of the time children will eat differently in a social school setting than they do at home. If you’re worried your child won’t eat we suggest bringing in a lunch. We will serve our food first and if they try it and eat it, great! If they don’t, however, they will be given your prepared meal to eat. Please note though, if we have a child with any food allergies at the school we will notify you so you don’t send certain items.