Our Curriculum

A variety of educational methods and resources meet the needs of children 2 ½ to 5 years of age.  Through varied learning experiences, our curriculum encourages self-growth and confidence.  The well- trained staff understands appropriate expectations at each age level and implements a research based curriculum  (Opening the World of Learning) that enables each child to progress along his/her natural developmental path.  Reading and math readiness are an integral part of our program.  Story time, arts and crafts, games, science, cooking, free play, dramatic play, group time, and activity centers are also important elements of your child’s preschool experience.

A Typical Morning

A typical morning includes greeting and morning update.  Children have an opportunity for free choice, active play and large muscle activity.  We provide a state approved snack mid-morning.  Each class has age appropriate activities during structured time, along with stories, interest units, art and music.  We have various activities throughout the year which enhance our program, both inside in the Gym and outside at the Holly Tot Lot.  



We are proud to offer a wide variety of specialists here at Crocus Hill School.  The specialists visit our school with many different talents and tools. We take pride in continuing great relationships with various specialists and work hard at developing new ones for our children’s enjoyment!

  • Music with Wendy
  • Creative Movement with Fran
  • Storytellers with Wonderweavers
  • Science Presentations with Rob Ellos
  • Birds from the Raptor Center
  • Science Trunks from Minnesota Valley Nature Center
  • Presentations from Como Zoo (including live bugs and penguins!)

Field Trips

  • Children’s Theater
  • Bell Museum
  • Maplewood Nature Center
  • Dodge Nature Center
  • And More!

Supervision of Children

Children enrolled in Crocus Hill programs are under adult supervision at all times.  A staff member is always with the children and accompanies the class to the doors where they are picked up to go home at 11:30.