PEA POD PLAYGROUP PHILOSOPHY
The Pea Pod Play Group is a
Parent and Child
Program inspired by the Waldorf and LifeWays Early Childhood
programs, which suggests that early childhood is a sacred and
magical time and requires nurturing and protection. Young children
are full of wonder and creativity and capable of experiencing the
through all their senses.
The Pea Pod Playgroup offers a nurturing and
loving environment that is beautiful and safe, fostering creative
and imaginative play, and encourages children to learn through
their senses and their own experiences.
The Pea Pod Playgroup strives to provide an
environment that supports the following early childhood development
skills and abilities
through building, cooking, baking, gardening,
cleaning, sorting and other activities
experienced in the home.
Lifelong literacy and language skills
nursery rhymes, seasonal verses/songs, and repetitive finger/gesture
morning circle and transition activities.
Imaginative and creative play, problem solving
skills, small and large motor skills through a variety of
experiential and sensorial opportunities with natural and age
appropriate indoor and outdoor toys.
Reverence for nature through outdoor play and
gardening provides opportunities to experience “nature’s toys” such
as sand, water, seeds, plants and animals. Awareness of
seasons through celebrations and festivals, and gratitude when
giving thanks for our meal.
Social skills and care for others through
awareness of others’ feelings, abilities, and uniqueness and
opportunities to take turns, share
and help each other in our daily
Healthy habits through the experience of a
balance rhythm of play,
cleanup, eating and nutrition.
A lifelong love of learning, discovery,
exploration, invention, wonder and joy for purposeful work and play
in our daily lives.