Our Art Program
The Children’s Art Studio at Pacific Oaks is a unique outdoor space dedicated to the development of creative expression in young children and often evokes a sense of wonder and fascination during their visits. Located under a giant fig tree, a large stage encourages movement and music making. Other features include a small printing press, which facilitates experiments with surfaces and textures while a kiln inspires investigations with ceramics. The art program is designed to foster the artistic spirit in each child, empowering them through creative freedom. Opportunities to explore processes with working artists nurtures a child’s belief in the importance of art and artists in our culture.
Our Library Program
The children’s library is located at the southern end of the campus in La Loma House. Surrounded by quiet gardens and a welcoming patio, the library houses a wonderful collection of over 7,000 classic and new children’s books. Children visit the library weekly to listen to books and flannel board stories and sing songs using finger puppets. Parents also frequent the library and especially enjoy sitting in the cozy chair while reading stories to their children. Our children’s library is an active lending library—parents, teachers, and children are welcome to check out books at any time.
Our Music Program
The goal of the music program at Pacific Oaks Children’s School is to nurture children's love for music. Once a week, teacher Fabienne Hadorn-Hitz visits each yard to encourage children to play instruments, sing favorite songs, and learn new ones. Children also have opportunities to dance to and explore different music from all around the world.
The music program is not performance-based. Children are able to freely express their own way of dancing, singing, and playing instruments. Fabienne Hadorn-Hitz feels that singing and dancing are natural skills like walking and talking. Our children find their voice and their dancing feet in a similar manner.