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“Early childhood is a very important period of life. It is a period when children learn an enormous amount about the everyday world. It is also the time during which young children acquire lifelong attitudes toward themselves, toward others, and toward learning. But it is not the time for formal academic instruction.” —David Elkind, PhD, Author and Chair of the Tufts University Department of Child Development.

In 2017-18 will will continue to offer our 1/2 day programs from 8:00 to 12:00. The 1/2 day Kindergarten is offered 5 days a week with a 3 day and 2 day a week option.

We will also offer a School Day Program from 8:00 to 3:00. This will also be offered with a five day, 3 day and 2 day a week option.

Lastly there will be an Extended Day Program that runs from 3:00 to 5:00, 5 days a week.

Our tuition schedule for 2017-18 is posted on the admissions page under "Tuition Schedule."

Special Needs

The Acorn School has limited resources for meeting specialized needs. Our staff does not have extensive training in working with children with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioral disorders. In that our resources for supporting special needs are limited that, in turn, limits the range of needs that we can meet and the number of children with special needs we can effectively teach. The Acorn School must insure that efforts to serve particular students do not impose undue hardship on teachers or detract from other students’ opportunities to learn.

If you have any questions about your child's being in our program please feel free to reach out to us. The decision to accept children with special needs is made on a case by case basis.

A Typical Morning in the Kindergarten

  •  8:00 Children arrive, begin snack preparation--( kneading bread, grain grinding, preparing vegetable soup)
  •  8:30    Indoor creative play, crafts and domestic arts
  • 9:30     Circle time of seasonal songs, rhymes and movement
  • 10:00   Hearty, wholesome snack
  • 10:30   Outdoor creative play, gardening
  • 11:30   Story or puppet show
  • 12:00   "Early Birds" depart
  • 3:00     School Day program ends
  • 5:00     Extended Day ends

In the mixed-age kindergarten at the Acorn School of Charleston, children develop the capacity for creative thinking, problem solving and social skills through their free imaginative play.

Hearing stories told aloud and watching marionette plays cultivate imagination and strengthen children’s ability to listen and concentrate. Songs and nursery rhymes inspire a love of language and of music. Preparing snacks together and cleaning up afterwards encourage cooperation and a sense of responsibility.

 Children’s natural feelings of wonder and trust are nurtured in many ways, creating an openness toward life and learning. Painting, beeswax modeling, bread baking, songs and games, along with plenty of outdoor play, all enrich the early childhood experience. The daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms create a secure bridge between home and school.