44 Abbie Lane Damariscotta, Maine 04543 207-542-2485
“Little House School has offered a safe and deeply enriching early childhood program for my daughter. The blending of outdoor play with a wholesome indoor Waldorf-inspired space has nourished my daughter. Kimberly's kind, creative and nurturing leadership supports the social, emotional and academic growth of children. Both my son and daughter have grown and flourished under her care.
Imagine turning off the paved road and slowing down to drive past goats, pony and donkey. You park by a simple barn and schoolhouse in the woods. As the door of the school house opens a waft of home cooking fills your senses. "It's soup day," you remember as you help your child pull a vegetable out of her pack. Once inside you feel the wood-stove warmth and see many beautiful, simple toys, wooden blocks, books, writing and math tools, home-play dolls, all organized on simple shelves ready to be played with. The space is open, delightful, simple and inviting as is Ms. Kimberly's hug and welcome. Every day I leave my daughter at Little House School knowing she is in the best place I can take her. She has flourished under Kimberly's care. Learning to play is the child's work in pre-school and kindergarten. Kimberly can handle even the toughest of interpersonal conflicts easily through redirection, guidance and talking things out. The natural world is the best playground for children and Little House School's beautiful lowland marsh and wooded outdoor environment is enriched with everything from simple swings and an outdoor mud kitchen to the farm with many kid-friendly animals. Science work is an important part of her program including observations identification of species and dissection of an owl pellet. Art work is another key ingredient in this wholesome education receiver at Little House School. Painting day on Mondays offers an immersion into one color at a time and the simple experience of experimenting with what happens when one color meets another! And a large cloth hung in the spring by a muddy spot invites children to paint on a grand scale using nature's paint. Story telling and reading are encouraged through the children's play and enriched by Kimberly's routine. The children's free play allows for stories to unfold as well as Kimberly's expert story telling. Activities artfully woven within the day encourage counting, reading and writing. The education your child will receive at Little House School is well rounded and nourishes the whole child, preparing them not only for further schooling but as citizens of our every changing world where having self confidence and knowing how to work with others is imperative to the growth and health of not just your individual child but our global humanity. -A. N.