Playful learning comes naturally
Founded by a group of parents in 1964, Hobson School has been providing a play-based education of the highest quality for young children and creating a supportive community in which children, families and educators flourish.
Warm, genuine, trusted relationships between teachers and children are essential to learning. We aim to help children develop a sense of belonging where others care about them and they care about others. We respect each individual child and cultivate his/her unique promise and potential.
Play is Learning
We believe that an important part of preschool is to provide an experience-based environment where children have opportunities that support their creativity and expand their understanding of the world around them. Through this active learning process, young children learn about the physical world as well as about themselves in relation to other children and adults.
Childhood is a time to experience the boundless joy and wonder of the natural world and it is critical to healthy growth and development. Children engage in outdoor nature play every day, year-round, in Hobson’s wooded setting. Hobson’s outdoor classroom is rich with opportunities for nature-based learning which extends to the indoor classroom as well.
Hobson School is focused on teaching the whole child with a balanced emphasis based on social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. The intent of Hobson’s program is to develop confident learners. We achieve this by encouraging a sense of wonder and curiosity through playful exploration.
Our director and teachers have a deep understanding of early childhood development and the experience needed to guide young children in the learning process. Hobson’s curriculum is based on well-researched teaching practices that support the unique way that young children learn. Using a play-based emergent curriculum, children choose what they do each day and their interests serve as the foundation for everything we explore together.
Through caring relationships, active exploration, and play, children will:
Hobson School is a cooperative preschool started by parents with a desire to offer their children the best possible preschool education in which the families can play an active role. Driving this philosophy is research which shows that positive relationships between teachers, children and families are central to children’s success in school.
Contributions from parents/guardians are integral to the daily life and operations of Hobson School. As we work together on behalf of our children we develop relationships with each other and create a valuable support system for our families. From the director and teachers, we gain a wealth of information about early learning, parenting, and child development. From the other parents, we gain the emotional and social support of families going through similar experiences at the same time.
We can be assured that when our children “graduate” from Hobson we, as parents, leave with more insight and information as well as new family friends to aid us in our parenting journey.
Hobson is a wonderful choice for your child’s first school experience and a welcoming community for your family. It is the policy of Hobson School to maintain an environment in which all families are celebrated and all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Hobson School prohibits discrimination in its educational programs, activities, services or benefits against any student, member, or employee on account of race, color, national origin, gender, religious beliefs, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other class or characteristic protected by law.