Children choose their work from an enormous range of ideas, concepts, skills, and content areas, following their curiosity and developing passions while teachers support children’s engagement in all areas of the curriculum.
In this classroom, the children truly make the environment their own, choosing independently from activities that they have been shown by their teachers. Scientifically designed hands-on materials are used to help build their understanding of mathematics, language, and the world around them. A child may pass freely from practical activities such as dusting, washing a table, sewing or sweeping, to academia such as working with language and math, science and geography. From practicing letter shapes and sounds to writing stories; from simple counting to operating the decimal system through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; or from observing a caterpillar's life cycle to studying butterfly anatomy; these are some examples of the range of learning possible in the Children's House classroom.
Social interactions arise naturally as children work together or side by side. Everything, from waiting your turn in line to helping a friend tie his shoelaces, provides the children with opportunities to develop peaceful social skills. Guides present both social and academic lessons to children individually and in groups.
Children thrive in an environment of choice, hands-on materials and mixed-age classrooms. They develop social skills, confidence, independence, responsibility, and a love for learning. Children transition to our elementary program after their kindergarten year.
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