A Time for Exploration & Creativity

Our faculty fosters the young learner's curiosity and motivates a child's lifelong passion for learning. In preschool, children begin to question and observe. They use pre-writing, pre-reading and number sense to build their learning experiences.

As the children engage in learning activities, questions and observations form the basis for interaction with teachers and classmates. A piece of string might generate a conversation about lines; a student may find a wheel, which might lead to exploring why certain shapes roll and others do not. This exploration leads to transformative thinking. Every activity in our preschool classroom affords our faculty a new opportunity to assess student development and growth. Talking with students about play, work, drawings and feelings tells students how valuable they are. 

On a daily basis, our faculty sparks curiosity and eagerness, initiative and persistence, problem-solving and reflection, and invention and imagination in the lives of each child who enters the classroom.

Field Trips & Class Visitors

The Barstow early childhood program offers enrichment though a variety of experiences that take place inside and outside of the classroom. Early childhood students take field trips or enjoy special visitors at school. Recent visitors and field trips include:

  • A pumpkin patch visit to learn about growing cycles  
  • Visiting artists in Early Childhood classrooms
  • Helping professions—firefighters, police officers and paramedics
  • Students from international partner campuses teach language and music

Entry Requirements and Enrollment Options

  • Must turn three on or before September 1
  • Must be fully potty trained
  • Two, three or five-day programs available
  • Full day, 8:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Sample Schedule

7:00       Extended care available
8:00       Arrival, interest areas
9:10       Morning class meeting
9:30       Large & small groups, sharing or art*
10:00     Snack & outdoor classroom
10:30     Movement
11:00     Lunch
11:40     Library, story time or music*
12:10     Outdoor classroom
1:00       Large & small groups or library*
1:30       Rest time
2:30       Snack
2:40       Afternoon class meeting
3:00       Dismissal
3–6:00   Extended care availble

*Special classes:
Creative movement daily
Music, art & library twice weekly

The Barstow School

11511 State Line Road • Kansas City, MO 64114
P (816) 942-3255 • F (816) 942-3227