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  • Each day, your child moves between structured group activities, one-on-one with teachers, and indoor and outdoor play. In everything we do, the focus is on developing critical foundational skills in language arts, math, science, social skills and personal expression. And we're always attentive to the unique personality, interests and needs of your child, suggesting appropriate activities to keep them happy and engaged.

  • The school day also includes learning opportunities structured
    around these themes.

      • Nutritious eating habits and the importance of rest, fresh air and plenty of physical activity.
      • Self-expression through different types of media and the basics of shapes, dimension, texture and composition.
      • New experiences with rhythms, instruments, notes and musical terms.
      • Explorations of the world around us with an emphasis on ecology through the sciences.
      • Introduction to storytelling with props, puppets and costumes.
      Games, songs, movement and art help children reach developmental milestones for two year olds. They explore and discover at their own pace and gain confidence with social skills such as cooperation, sharing and taking turns.

      Children are encouraged to explore with an emphasis on self-confidence and mastery of learning. Three and four year olds develop and strengthen literacy, math and science skills through thematic units and activities that combine learning and fun.

      Children learn to share, cooperate and practice independence through a curriculum designed to meet state and national early learning standards. We also introduce four and five year olds to projects, journaling and alphabet letters and sounds.

  • We also offer before and after school programs to continue the day’s learning. Activities might include yoga, phonics and Spanish. Since each school offers different opportunities, please connect with the school director about your options.


This summer, as part of our regular school day, children at The Grove School will go on an eco-adventure. This amazing introduction to ecology focuses on five major biomes of the world—deserts, forests, grasslands, tundra and water.

Throughout this science-based program, children will explore the characteristics of each biome’s plant and animal populations. They’ll also learn proactive steps they can take to care for and protect the environment around them.

We’ll use math, literacy, science, writing, drama and art experiences to investigate these fascinating parts of our planet. And there will be lots of ways for parents to encourage ongoing learning about the biomes at home and in the community.

Program Details

– The program runs from Monday, June 7 through Friday August 27, 2010 at both our Cary, NC and Plano, TX schools.
– There is no extra fee for the program. It’s a part of The Grove School’s regular school-day curriculum.
– We encourage parents to sign up now for the program, but you can enroll your child in The Grove School anytime throughout the summer months for them to be a part of this experience.

What Your Kids Will Learn About

Check out these articles about each of the biomes we’ll study:

Golden Sands and Desert Lands
Bees, Trees and Me
Where the Green Grass Grows
Under the Sea
Arctic Adventures
Outside My Window

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6 Responses to “Intro to ecology at The Grove School Summer Program”

  1. Linda Trousdale
    March 28th, 2010 @ 11:37 am

    Hello –

    I live near your school in Plano. I am looking for summer care for my 7 year old some who has Down Syndrome. He attends Beverly Elemntary during the choolk year.

    Please let me know if you “accept” children with special needs and if so, what your fees are.

    Thank you,

    Linda Trousdale

  2. Wendy DeSpain
    March 31st, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you for inquiring about The Grove School of Plano. Every child is welcome at The Grove School where our curriculum is specifically designed for the 2-5 year old child. I would love to meet your son although he is a little older than our other students. I hope you are happy at Beverly Elementary; I know Liz Kirby and value her contributions to education. Please call me and we can talk further. 940-297-5108
    Thank you
    Wendy DeSpain

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  5. Bukola Adunola
    July 28th, 2010 @ 4:26 am

    Its unfortunate that I do not live in the United States, I reside in Nigeria, and would have love my daughter to attend your summer classes, she is just 4 years.

    Please u can assist with further info about summer classes, for some other time

    Thank u

  6. Laura Como
    August 2nd, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Hello Friend in Nigeria. I am uncertain if you are planning a summer trip to the US and would like to support a visit to either of our two Grove Schools. One in is Cary, NC and the other is in Plano, TX. With regard to future summers and our programs, I can support you getting on both schools’ community list where you can receive regular emails and updates to include information regarding curriculum and summer fun. Please feel free to forward to me your full email address or look to connect on the location buttons on our website. It is great to hear your interest and enthusiam to our program!!

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