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What We Teach

tcsspring2011_2When children ask questions that are meaningful to them and work collaboratively to find answers, learning is fun. Children are motivated, engaged, ready to explore the next idea. The progressive philosophy encourages self-regulation and self-reflection and reinforces children’s innate love of learning.

Middle Level Grades

Our middle level program extends the project- and play-based approach of the younger elelmentary grades into a problem-based approach for middle level curriculum.  Consistent with our K-5 grade approach, our 6-8 grade curriculum integrates subject matter and weaves in grade level skills and concepts, rather than separating out disciplines of knowledge and teaching skills in isolation.   

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Curriculum Overview

At The Children’s School, curriculum is a fluid, responsive entity. Within a framework of important skills and ideas at each developmental level, teachers enjoy the freedom to mold the specifics of their curriculum to meet the needs of the unique group of children before them.

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Reading

Our goal is to see that children become life-long readers. This is a process that takes a very long time. Many schools focus on isolated skills taught from basal readers. Our approach is to provide a wide variety of authentic reading materials available in the classrooms for children to explore. Adults read what they are interested in and this is no different for beginning and early readers. We want our children to come to books with interest and excitement in school as well as outside and throughout their lives.

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Writing

It is our belief that writing, like reading, develops in stages and over time. Our goal is to have children express themselves through writing with confidence, fluency, and accuracy.

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Mathematics

Our program promotes a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics, emphasizing the quality and quantity of connections children make between mathematical ideas. Our objective is to develop critical thinking and fluency in problem solving. To do so, we emphasize having an arsenal of different strategies to apply to a wide range of problems and being able to explain one’s thinking.

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Science

Children are naturally curious about the things they see in the world around them, and we work to foster that curiosity. Our science program is inquiry-based, encouraging students to explore and create meaning for themselves as they develop skills of scientific inquiry and exploration.

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Social Studies

Our social studies curriculum has two components: history and cultural studies; and the rights and responsibilities of democratic and global citizenship.

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World Language

There are many excellent reasons for children to study languages: exposure to other cultures, appreciation of diversity, knowledge of geography and etymology, understanding of grammar and the structure of language. At the heart of all language is communication. We strive to have the study of communication be an integrated part of the children’s everyday classroom experience.  

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Creative Arts

The halls and classrooms of The Children’s School are filled with color, texture and sound. The arts are an integral part of project-based learning. Students are encouraged to use various tools and media to express their academic learning creatively.

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Physical Education

Physical awareness and health are an integral part of our lives at The Children’s School. Our program stresses the concepts of fitness, community, and play.

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Environmental Awareness

Cultivating an awareness of and a respect for nature is integrated throughout our curriculum. We are dedicated to teaching children about ways in which they can each contribute to creating a more eco-friendly environment via means such as renewable energy, recycling, composting and other subtle lifestyle changes that collectively impact our environment.

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Library

Library (Media and Information Resources) is central to our research- and inquiry-based curriculum. We want our students to become critical and responsible users of information. We have a small, carefully-selected collection of books, both informational and literary texts, with particular emphasis on a wide range of reading levels and celebrating cultural diversity. Our Library program also focuses on teaching students how to use technological resources effectively and ethically. From Internet searches to online encyclopedias to books and newspapers, our students learn how to navigate and evaluate the vast amount of information available today. To visit our library website, click on this nifty image.

 

 

Some Great Resources (Books, Chapters, Articles and such)

Some Great Resources (Books, Chapters, Articles and such)

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"...students learn best when they can immerse themselves in hands on work, and that the best learning involves genuine discovery rather than the mere ferreting out of information already hidden away in the teacher's brain."
Bruce G. Hammond

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