2 to 4 years old
Enrollment and Fees
We offer 2/3/5 full or half day options. Full days are from 8:30am - 3:00pm and half days are from 8:30am - 12:00pm. Extended care is available at an extra rate as early as 7:15am and as late as 6:00pm.
2 Full days: $485/month
2 Half days: $410/month
Monday and Tuesday
Thursday and Friday
3 Full days: $690/month
3 Half days: $590/month
5 Full days: $1,105/month
5 Half days: $945/month
Tuition includes daily healthy snacks prepared fresh each day. Children are expected to bring a nutritious lunch from home. Our school is peanut-free.
Children in our Preschool program are not eligible for tuition assistance.
Sample Daily Rhythm:
8:30 am - 9:00 am: Welcome/Outdoor Play
9:00 am - 9:15 am: Morning Circle
9:15 am - 9:45 am:
Snack Preparation and Snack
9:45 am - 10:30 am: Outdoor Play
10:30 am - 11:30 am: Creative Indoor
11:30 am - 12:00 am: Lunch
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Story Time
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm:
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Afternoon Circle and Goodbye Song
2:45pm - 3:00pm: Dismissal
Preschool Program Requirements
Our Preschool program is designed for children aged 2 - 4 years old by the beginning of the school year. Children remain in the same class for the entirety of the school year and do not "move up" during the year. Children on the lowest or highest end of the age range may be eligible for a younger or older class depending on development, class dynamics, and space availability.
Children in the Preschool classes work on potty training. For children who are still in diapers, we welcome parents to bring cloth diapers, if your family prefers.
Rhythm of the Day, Week, and Season
Everyday there is a clear rhythm for children to follow. As the day progresses, activities alternate between open-ended, child-directed indoor and outdoor activities and more inward activities, like circle-time, story time and eating snack together. Children learn organization skills by following this rhythm and feel secure because they know what to expect.
Our literacy curriculum follows what is developmentally appropriate for children. In Preschool aged children, the foundation of literacy is laid by focusing on developing a love of language through magical story telling, song, poetry, and verse.
Our daily rhythm includes 2-4 hours of outdoor play in our natural playscape and plenty of opportunity for play and socialization throughout the day. While at many other schools children are not allowed out on rainy days, at Bayou Village School, safe rainy days provide children a chance to suit up in their rain gear and enjoy making mudpies and engage in meaningful sensory activities in a natural environment. Children work out many of life's lessons by learning through play and imitation, and giving them the opportunity to creatively imitate what they see adults doing is vital to their growth and development.
The day also includes "home arts", including snack preparation and assisting in daily chores such as setting the table, folding laundry, and cleaning their space. These activities give children a chance to develop a sense of responsibility for their space and their ability to take care of themselves.
Each class has their own weekly rhythm which is followed throughout the year.
Below is an example of a weekly rhythm:
Tuesday: Bread Baking
Wednesday: Beeswax Molding
Thursday: Soup Making
Finally, there is the seasonal rhythm. We celebrate seasonal festivals and incorporate certain seasonal activities into the children's daily rhythms. Classes have beautiful nature tables set up by the teachers, which change to reflect the seasons. Children are encouraged to bring nature items they find to add to their class' nature table.
Meet The Teachers
Elizabeth has worked in early childhood and kindergarten classes since 2010 and has been with Bayou Village School since 2015. She has always been incredibly passionate about enriching the lives of children through providing them the necessary tools to flourish and prosper. She is a mother to a wonderful little boy and is currently working towards her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at Sunbridge Institute in Chestnut Ridge, New York.
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Katlyn joined our teaching staff in 2017 and has experience as a loving nanny for many years, but was looking for something more for her and her daughters. When she discovered Bayou Village School and the Waldorf approach to education, it perfectly aligned with her personal beliefs and was an instant fit. Katlyn is pursuing her Early Childhood Waldorf Certification and has attended trainings at Sunbridge Institute and West Coast Institute. When Katlyn is not nurturing young children, her hobbies include yoga, reading, painting and sewing.
Mimi was born in Torrance, California but she has learned to love the great state of Texas. Mimi has worked with children ranging in ages from two-months-old to six-years-old for the past ten years. She holds an International Montessori Teaching Diploma from the North American Montessori Center, but, after being introduced to it, quickly found a delight in Waldorf education. Teaching children, especially at such an early age, is something that brings Mimi true happiness. Although at the moment she cannot start a full Waldorf Teacher Certification program, Mimi began teaching at Bayou Village School in 2013 has attended numerous workshops and continues to research and implement as many Waldorf ideas as she can in her classroom. When Mimi is not in the classroom, she enjoys moments spent with her husband, Edgar, and Leonardo (Leo), her four-legged fur baby. Some of Mimi's favorite things besides teaching are cooking and eating (particularly homemade sweets!), sunflowers and bluebonnets, crafting, spending time with her loved ones, ALL dogs and babies, long car rides, naps, and laughing!
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Bayou Village School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, disability, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, enrollment, financial aid awards, or any other school-administered programs.