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Early Childhood

Your child astonishes you every day. Sometimes you gasp at her maturity, like her ability to remember and use words you’ve just read in her storybook. Other times her innocence brings tears to your eyes. She’s a child—wondrous, exceptional, vulnerable.

At Oakwood, we celebrate this amazing stage of life—we don’t rush it.

We take time to discover and nurture the talents and interests of every student. And we make sure your child feels safe and encouraged to discover herself. Oakwood is the place for her to seek out new experiences—shooting a three-point basket, playing a dragon on stage, asking a burning question, making a new best friend. Here, variety feels exciting. It’s a chance to learn something new, or to work out a solution. The way we see it, we have as much to learn from our children as they do from us. So let’s all learn together, as an extended family of exuberant, thoughtful explorers.

We are Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our diverse community, thriving on an expansive campus, provides a home for an extended family of learners. Here, we share our unwavering commitment to a more intentional education. To learn more about our educational philosophy, download our Lower School Brochure. The best way for your family to meet our family is to tour our scenic Morgan Hill campus, meet our teachers and students, and observe our learning in action. Our family looks forward to meeting yours.

Early Childhood News

Students Share Why They Love Oakwood Kindergarten

For Oakwood Kindergarten students, the end of the school year is bitter-sweet. Although they have grown tremendously during this school year and are excited about their promotion to first grade, these students have truly enjoyed their time in Kindergarten. Learning came alive in their classrooms. They built relationships with their classmates during playtime and bonded with their teachers, who supported them in their growth. We invite you to watch a video where these students share in their own words what they loved about Kindergarten this year.

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Oakwood Students Talk to Astronaut Aboard International Space Station

Oakwood School was thrilled to be chosen for our students to talk with Astronaut Dr. Shaoon Walker on the International Space Station via Amateur Radio on March 22, 2021. This activity was part of the ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Program, which promotes learning opportunities as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) initiative.

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Junior Kindergarten Student Create Traps for Leprechauns

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, the Pre-Kindergarten classes built leprechaun traps. The students worked in teams to paint and decorate their traps in class, and then explained how they work. Before heading home on Tuesday, March 16th, the students set the traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun or two. However, when the students arrived at school on Wednesday, March 17th, they discovered great mischief: gold and green dust scattered about, and the traps had were sprung, but unfortunately, the leprechauns were too clever to be caught. Better luck next year, students!

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Jr Kindergarten Students Learn About the Weather Through Hands-on Approach

For our youngest early childhood students, learning takes place through a hands-on, multi-sensory approach. For example, the Jr Kindergarten students have been learning about the various types of weather. They were taught about the different types of clouds and learned about a classroom favorite, the cumulonimbus. Each day they completed a daily weather journal practicing to write the new vocabulary words they learned to describe the weather. They also enjoyed a fun science experiment where they determined that as water gathers in the clouds and the water droplets get too heavy, it begins to rain. The lessons continued in art, where they created little thunder clouds, painted a colorful kite, and made a classroom book based on Eric Carle's book "Little Cloud." The teachers continued the lesson theme with many weather-related books, educational videos, and movement songs to round out their lessons.


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Oakwood's Youngest Students Celebrate the 100th Day of School

Oakwood's youngest students celebrated the 100th day of school this week with 100-themed activities throughout the day. Our Junior Kindergarten classes celebrated by stacking 100 cups, and coloring festive hats! The Kindergarten students wore shirts, all with 100 items attached. It's always fun to see our students' creativity and excitement on special days like this. Happy 100th day of School, Oakwood!

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Annual Thanks & Giving Celebration Brings the Oakwood Community Together

Thanks & Giving is Oakwood's school-wide community service project, which encompasses our educational goal of being Community Contributors through Respect, Service, Cooperation, and Good Citizenship. This meaningful event recognizes the opportunity to reach out to those in our community who are less fortunate. This year we asked families to donate funds that were used to purchase grocery store gift cards. These gift cards were then presented to Community Solutions who will distribute them to local families in need.

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Themed Doors Contest Brings the Halloween Spirt to Oakwood

Oakwood teachers and staff were invited to participate in a Halloween themed door decorating contest this week. Prizes were awarded to those that created the Spookiest door, the most Creative door, the Funniest door, and a final prize was awarded to the best overall Lower School door. Middle School and High School students voted for their favorite doors during the Thursday, October 29th assembly. Thank you to all who participated in this friendly contest. We have some very artistic individuals at Oakwood! We appreciate all who participated. This activity was a great way to bring the Halloween spirit to the Oakwood School campus!

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Kindergarten Students take a Creative Journey to the New World

During their remote learning lessons, the Oakwood Kindergarten classes have finished their Christopher Columbus history unit. As a bonus activity, they could re-create one of Columbus' boats, the Nina, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria, and either a telescope or a compass, with their family. Many of them have been acting out the journey at home, and we love the video that this Oakwood family created to commemorate their experience.

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The thing that stood out in the Early Childhood program here was that it was developmentally based and not just hardcore academics. It was the musical movement. It was the art. It was looking at the whole child and making sure that every aspect was focused upon throughout their day.

Oakwood Parent

I couldn't trust anybody with my kids more than I trust the folks at Oakwood. It is fantastic.

Oakwood Parent

My son just blossomed here. Blossomed. He started off really shy and you should see him now.

Oakwood Parent