Building and Spaces
“Integrated as a source of creativity and experimentation”
Our indoor and outdoor facilities are designed to evoke children’s imagination – both in their play and in their thinking about what space can be and do. They feature elements that allow children to literally “climb the walls” and see out to other spaces through various lenses.
The classrooms at The Little School provide a secure, nurturing home base that mirrors the relationships between teachers and children. Each classroom features a variety of spaces: soft spaces for relaxing and getting close; large areas for group meetings; and spaces small enough for one person to take a break.
The Skyroom is meant to inspire exploration and adventure. Here children swing in sky chairs or build forts. Groups of children play hide and seek, jump into pillow pits or test our obstacle courses. The Entryway provides a comfortable, quiet area that invites relaxed visiting. Children and families from different classes come together in the communal spaces at different times, for example, an all-school music time. The Skyroom and Entryway together serve as our town square where students, families, teachers play and visit together.
The playground at The Little School was redesigned and unveiled during the 2009-2010 school year. It expresses our dreams of an outdoors that supports exploration, learning through play, interaction, and physical challenge for all kinds of learners. Children can manipulate sand and water in the wiggle stream or find secret spaces down low in nooks or high up in the tree house. Growing things are integrated as a source of creativity, pleasure, and learning.
The Yellow House, an integral part of the playground, includes a multi-purpose, indoor-outdoor studio and a play room equipped with mats and grids for hanging, swinging, wrestling, spinning and other sensory fun.