Philosophy + Curriculum

Curriculum Highlights

Sketch of the Day

Each morning during our circle time, we spend time with individual chalk boards sketching letters, numbers and other engaging subjects.

Visiting Artists

We have a local artists visit our school to share his or her work and facilitate an art project with the students multiple times a year.

Artists From Around the World

Each month we learn about a different artist, past or present. Some are studied by working in their style, while others are studied through their contributions to the elements of art.

Music From Around the World

Each month we learn about a different genre of music such as Jazz, Classical, Folk, World, etc. When possible, we have visits from local musicians.

Student Portfolios

A comprehensive portfolio is kept for each child enrolled in our Preschool.  It is updated throughout the year with notes on how the child is developing socially, emotionally and cognitively and shared during our parent-teacher conferences.




Our teaching and learning methodology combines the following elements: Compassion, Respect, Learning through Experience, Choice, Collaboration, Journey-based Instruction, Community Involvement, and Non-violent Communication.

While our approach includes aspects of a number of formal teaching philosophies, it is in no way watered down or unplanned. Our teachers are highly intentional, have built their teaching approaches over many years, and will be focused and fully prepared with curriculum to guide the children each and every day. Our approach to teaching and learning includes aspects of a number of formal teaching philosophies, including Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Sudberry. What we have chosen to include and exclude from these philosophies is quite intentional on our part and has been built over years of personal trial and error and witnessing what others do that inspires and encourages children to learn. We utilize a flexible teaching guide to ensure students are taught the suggested material for this age group. Our vehicle for learning is the imagination.

The visual arts are drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and mixed media, photography, printmaking and design. As Eric Jenson writes in Arts with the Brain in Mind, the visual arts have been proven to enhance cognition, emotional expression, perception, cultural awareness, and aesthetics. History has also provided substantial evidence for not only the value, but the power, in art-making. Our Visual Arts Preschool will provide the opportunity to expose young children to the visual arts, which will allow them to build a foundation of skills to prepare them for their Kindergarten curriculum. We are hopeful that children and families in Asheville, a city full of art and artists, will have the choice to be a part of that art community and be better prepared for Kindergarten.