An OUTDOOR, PLAY-BASED program for young children
ages 6 months - 5 years old
GROWING OUR COMMUNITY, ONE CHILD AT A TIME!
Michelle's Backyard is a home-based Preschool & Daycare in Redondo Beach. The Multi-age setting provides a rich and natural environment for children to develop social and emotional skills. It is our belief that children learn best when they are interested in what they are learning. We interact and observe children and plan activities that will expand their thinking allowing for language, literacy, pre-mathematical concepts and other pre-academic skills to develop.
At Michelle's Backyard we take extra care to make children feel safe, comfortable and loved. The transition from home to school is a huge change for most children and we do our best to make it as fun and easy as possible, while learning the necessary skills through play. We provide children a rich environment to explore and discover. Our curriculum is play based, and focuses on the current interests and developmental levels of our children. The goal is for Michelle's Backyard graduates is to enter school as self-confident, effective problem solvers. Our philosophy and play-based curriculum are influenced by Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP). We give the children time to ask questions, test theories and explore topics that interest them. Reading, writing, math, science and social development are taught through play and project-based work. Teachers take much care in planning a curriculum inspired by the children’s interests.
We also believe that emotional development is the core of proper whole brain development. We have embraced the philosophy of nonviolent parenting which stresses the importance of nurturing emotional intelligence through empathy and connection. We work to provide children with effective tools to work together in a group. We are here to help children understand the meaning behind their actions and teach them positive ways to get their needs met.