Relationships enrich our learning at Overbrook, and we enjoy ever-growing connections with a number of community neighbors. These partnerships enrich the children’s experiences and complement our classroom explorations. We believe that strong community partnerships help instill the value of community in our children while also creating fun and unique learning experiences.
Monthly Field Trips
More than ten years ago, Overbrook Preschool and Kindergarten partnered with the Lower Merion Conservancy to offer our students a unique educational opportunity. Once a month, our four- and five-year-olds and our kindergarteners travel to Rolling Hill Park in Gladwyne for a morning of outdoor discovery learning. Through a combination of unstructured outdoor play and directed instruction by a Conservancy educator, students explore the natural world as they begin a joyful journey of environmental stewardship. In the fall of 2016, our partnership with the Lower Merion Conservancy is expanding to include our three-year-olds who will receive regular visits from Conservancy educators as they explore nature just outside Overbrook’s door.
The Kindergarten class visits “grandfriends” once a month at Saunders House at Lankenau Hospital. Together with their grandfriends, they engage in storytelling, read stories, and work on creative projects.
Once a week Overbrook students eagerly await a visit from middle-school students from Friends’ Central School who join them for play. We welcome students in the “School-to-Work Program” at Overbrook School for the Blind as year-long student aides in our classrooms. These students play with the children in the classroom and out on the playground and accompany our teachers and children to specials.