Blog : Acorn School on New Hampshire's Seacoast

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

Acorn School is an early childhood education center in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Young children, ages three to six, develop and learn together in an atmosphere that is consistent, encouraging, and cheerful.

Acorn School opened its doors in 1975 after Rebecca Shepard purchased a small plot of land in Stratham, NH. It wasn’t long until this special school gain support and interest in the community and filled with eager, energetic students.

This warm and nurturing environment has small classroom sizes, allowing a one to six teacher-to-child ratio. Creating an atmosphere that better fits each individual’s unique learning experience.

Students enjoy on hands-on projects that encourage curious minds to explore. Such as: art projects where we create animal masks, making MayDay hats, and science experiments—like building aliens and "adopting" their own trees. Each day the students are allowed to explore outside and partake in adventures beyond the playground. The administration feels this is an important aspect to their learning experience. Nature trails and gardening and ways to engage the students and teach them to get involved environmentally!

Acorn has aimed its teaching style at diversity to give their students the availability to learn all aspects of the creative curriculum.

“We are embellishing on the founding roots of the school,” explains Director Sue Bendroth. “Essentially our programs teach students to think about what they are using, how they are using it, and how they might use it in the future.”

Parents are invited to participate in the classroom program and classroom activities, to ease the transition for the students, particularly for the students who begin attending from an early age, and to help in fundraising efforts. There are two parent meetings each year, two parent conferences, and a formal written report on each child's progress delivered at the end of the school year.

Extended Day and Enrichment programs are offered to morning four and five year olds until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons, and to afternoon four and five year olds and kindergarteners on Tuesday afternoons. This helps the busy working families who cannot pick up at normal hours.

There are few schools that are as committed to teaching their students the power of reducing, reusing, and recycling. However, it doesn’t stop there, the students also compost excess food and paper scraps and apply the rich soil they have created to their garden. Overall, the result of the Acorn School emphasizes “the process, rather than the product” – where learning is an adventure more about the journey than the destination.

Discount – GA members receive $25 off their initial registration fee!