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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

Kindergarten Students Learn and Explore at Local Fire Station

Oakwood's kindergarten classes went on a field trip to the Morgan Hill CDF Fire Station. They learned all about the fire trucks as well as all of the different hoses, ladders, tools, and equipment that help assist firemen during an emergency. They also took a tour through the living quarters where the fireman sleep and eat. Each student had a chance to get their picture taken as they sat inside the fire truck. At the very end, a call came over the radio for the entire station to hear that said, "We have an emergency, we would like to welcome Oakwood school, have a great day!" The kindergarten classes are very grateful for the time the firefighters took out of their schedule to teach our Kindergarten students about what firemen do in our community!

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Patriotism and Veterans Honored Throughout Annual Freedom Festival

The Oakwood gym was filled with song and dance today during the Freedom Festival. Our Oakwood community enjoyed this school-wide celebration of patriotism. Students honored our country and our veterans with grade-level presentations, which included patriotic songs and videos produced by students. Veterans and members of the military had special VIP seating and were honored with a song sung especially for them by our 5th grade students, "American Heroes."

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ECE Students Have a Dynamite Time at Dinosaur Story Time

Young winners of the story time with Mrs. Shales, from our Oakwood Auction, were delighted to participate in a marvelous dinosaur adventure last week. Mrs. Shales read a few entertaining dinosaur stories, the students created personalized bookmarks, went on a dinosaur scavenger hunt and then enjoyed a yummy, healthy "dinosaur" lunch followed by creating a "dirt" dessert!

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Thanks and Giving Culminates With School-Wide Celebration

The 2018 Thanks and Giving Celebration was an amazing event as usual. The assembled Thanksgiving food bins were presented to Community Solutions. Books collected for the "Reading Hour" 2nd grade book drive were presented to the El Toro Clubhouse. There was singing, socializing, a video produced by Oakwood senior Ashwin Viswesvaran showcasing the things we are thankful for, and pumpkin pie for the students – it was an Oakwood event that was truly a celebration of giving! Thank you to everyone for contributing and for showing the community your wonderful giving spirit.

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Visit From Community Helper Enhances Learning for Junior Kindergarten

Junior Kindergarten is learning about Community Helpers! Students learned all about the different people who help keep our community running and safe. They participated in community helper themed activities and crafts and even had special a special guest visit the classroom. Nurse Bonnie talked about her work as a nurse and what students can do stay healthy. She also gave students the opportunity to test out her stethoscope. Everybody learned a great deal and had a great time with some hands-on learning.

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Oakwood Students Radiate with School Pride at the Annual Spirit Assembly

Oakwood students participated in fun and wacky themed days throughout spirit week, culminating with the annual Spirit Assembly on Friday where they displayed fierce school pride. The rally brought together the entire lower school and upper school as well as friends and family. Students participated in grade-level performances each with their own unique flair. It's great to see our students supporting each other and being proud of their school. It's good to be a Hawk!

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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