Galoop is located in a beautiful, sunlight space in Chestnut Hill. The interior is made up of three rooms, each with imaginative and kid-friendly murals. Everything in our space — indoor and outdoor — has been carefully selected and includes the highest-quality materials. You won’t find much plastic here!
Our Frogs classroom has three areas:
1) The KANGAROO area: This room contains our arts and craft space: two long arts and crafts tables, three kid-sized easels, and our wonderful sensory table. Because Galoop’s curriculum is themed by season, with each week having a different focus, arts and crafts and sensory table are constantly changing. One week this winter our a theme was “winter small world”; there was an “arctic habitat” at our sensory table (a big hit!), penguinmaking and watercolor ice painting at our arts/crafts tables, and “winter scenes” at our easels.
2) The KOALA area: This room contains one of our two cozy reading nooks; a building space containing various blocks, building materials, little people, zoo & jungle animals, etc; a table with manipulables and puzzles; and our train table and ever-popular kitchen and marketplace. It’s also where circle time takes place daily in the morning (indoor program) and where our classes take place in the afternoon. Our building materials, manipulables, and puzzles change weekly.
3) The JUNGLE area: this room hosts materials to help kids engage their gross motor skills and imaginative play. There’s a bridge kids love; a mat with tumbling blocks; and some fun spinning chairs and bouncy cows. There’s also a role-playing/dress-up area; a doll space; and another cozy reading nook that doubles as a baby nook.
Our Toads classroom is currently being set up with lots of new, exciting age-appropriate toys and materials -- all high-quality, as Galoop focuses on well-made, non-toxic materials with a heavy preference for wood over plastic. Pictures coming soon!
Our outdoor classroom isn’t just a playground. It’s a place for kids to learn about nature and expand their creativity and imagination. We have a playhouse where the kids play family and "cook"; balancing "centipede"; a fantastic wooden play structure; a sandbox with healthy sand (kept clean and protected with a cover); an outdoor sensory table with different materials to explore, a mud kitchen where there is more "cooking" with real mud or moon sand; a reading corner; flower chalkboards; and a fantastic water cascade table. We believe the outdoor space shouldn't play second fiddle to the indoors, which is why we've given thought and care into what we have here. Our Morning Program, Baby Spot, and afternoon classes are currently being held at our fantastic outdoor space!
A Word on Cleanliness...
For those of you who have experienced the downsides of indoor spaces for children – rest assured. We take great care to ensure our space is CLEAN and orderly. We vacuum every day; deep clean a minimum of twice a week; and have a “tasted toys” bin (sterilized daily) for any toys that get “tasted” by a little one. We also have policies to keep everyone healthy!