The programs and materials available to all children at the school fall into several areas, all of which give children a foundation for successful learning.
Sensorial activities help children understand the information they receive from their environment so they can appreciate and understand the world around them.
These activities use music, sounds, smells and concrete objects to stimulate and exercise their senses. These activities are also progressive and can be adapted as the child grows in competence.
Practical Life activities, such as watering plants or pouring coloured water, are purposeful, repetitive activities based on familiar household work.
They help children:
- make an easy transition from home to school
- learn to take care of themselves, each other, and their environment
- work in a calm and focused way
- develop fine motor skills, concentration, a sense of order and respect for materials
- feel proud of their accomplishments and their ability to act independently and take responsibility
Language activities and materials:
- focus on developing a concrete awareness of letters and words
- are presented to children individually so that each child encounters them when their interest is greatest
Through this carefully structured approach, children develop the two most important skills for writing:
- the ability to relate shapes to their corresponding sounds
- the motor skills to reproduce those shapes with a pencil
Reading instruction is self-paced and individual:
- children come to reading out of enjoyment rather than pressure
- a special Reading Corner offers children a quiet space where they can read comfortably and for as long as they wish.
As with language learning, the children are introduced to mathematics when they show interest and readiness for it. Instruction is self-paced and individual.
Children learn mathematical concepts by:
- working first with concrete materials and activities
- progressing to more abstract activities
Children can use a wide variety of materials:
- number rods
- Golden Beads
- addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division boards
As they progress, the teachers will show them other, and more challenging, ways to use the materials.
Culture and Science
Activities in our culture and science curriculum help children develop their understanding of both the natural world and the social world around them.
- helps children understand their place in the world
- allows them to extend the responsibility and respect they learn in other classroom activities to the people and places in their lives.
Children’s House teachers create special learning projects throughout the year to introduce children to:
- natural sciences, including botany, zoology, and astronomy
- history and geography
- arts and crafts
Each school year is devoted to the study of a particular culture, so children can learn about the music, language, customs, and cuisine that distinguish that culture.