The year begins with a focus on the identity of each child in September and the importance of education at our school.
October continues with our young learners learning about the inside and outside of their bodies and learning how to use their minds to become what they want to be. The Imagination Celebration parade is the presentation of each child’s interpretation and application of the learning process.
November brings the students from their personal identity and school into the family and national community discussing families, the geography of the United States and important concepts of freedom and democracy. The month concludes with the annual A Child’s World Thanksgiving feast at which time children enjoy baking, making placemats and centerpieces, costumes, scenery and props to illustrate the fun educational experiences of the month.
December is multi-cultural month when each class chooses a country to research and represent. All children make their own passports and travel to the many lands represented in our school.
January takes us back in time to the dinosaurs along with February that highlights the winter season and patriotic learning experiences about the US presidents and historical heroes.
March starts a new cyle of rebirth, Spring holiday celebrations and exciting science experiments. April welcomes new projects to our Nature Science Center and children monitor the incubator and its eggs as they watch chicks hatch.
May celebrates our mothers with fun baking projects and a ‘must see’ Mother’s Day presentation. June invites our fathers in for a unique Father’s Day carnival, complete with original gifts and cards for our dads. The academic school year ends as the fun summer program events begin for July and August!
A Child’s World Learning Stations
Children choose from many options to learn and explore in the classroom.
Literacy/Language Arts – General topics and theme specific books are in abundance in dedicated literacy stations throughout the classrooms. Classroom literacy corners offer a variety of reading options.
Blocks – Varieties of blocks inspire each child to create structures that develop spatial concepts and graphic design skills.
Building and Construction – Mind and body are engaged in building and constructing structures with varieties of objects that contribute to encouraging the children’s ideas and creativity.
Art – Art is a foundation for curricular content. Large selections of materials promote children’s artistic expression and inspire visual imagination and creativity.
Music – There are musical instruments for every child to participate in the classroom’s very own drum circle, band, and musical interpretations.
Nature – Nature is represented throughout each classroom with reptiles, fish, furry friends, and plant life that connect curricular topics to science exploration.
Drama/Social Studies – Each child begins to experience cultural diversity and life situations with a variety of costumes, dolls, pets, foods, kitchen supplies, puppets, equipment, and
theatre props. Young learners are developing communication and socialization skills that are essential to become confident professionals and family members.
Tactile/Sensory – Children are archaeologists and anthropologists while digging and exploring in the tactile table.
Safe Place/Cozy Corner – There are times when all we need is to stop, take a deep breath, and think about our friends, our teachers, our behaviors, and ourselves. These specially
designed areas have books, materials, and exercise cards that relax the body and the brain.
In addition to classroom learning stations, each school location has dedicated common areas for all age groups to explore. Shared areas include: STEM centers and gym/gross motor space. Theatre/role-play areas are used for school-wide presentations and daily music, movement, and exercise activities.