We offer a flexible start time that supports busy families with busy schedules.
Students and teachers greet each other, sing, share stories, preview the schedule for the day, and participate in team-building games.
We use a math curriculum that aligns with the Common Core State Standards. Our students participate in small group lessons and then practice new concepts independently, using reference books and math manipulatives.
Whenever possible we eat outside, then play an active game.
Students enjoy a well-balanced mix of group and individual instruction, listening to books read aloud, participating in Literature Circle discussions with peers, writing and editing, and engaging in spelling and grammar activities.
We eat lunch in the woods or on the field; afterwards: a group game or free-play activity like fortbuilding and ice-skating.
With a teacher’s guidance, students choose independent-reading books to enjoy, then review them both in writing and orally with peers.
Place-based science and social studies projects are interdisciplinary and experiential, engaging students in a thematic approach that takes advantage of local resources. Music, art, and world language are part of each week.
We come together to review and reflect upon the day and share work and accomplishments.
Students head home after a full day. Optional after-care until 4:00 PM makes the day’s end flexible and allows time for students to play games, read, and engage in curriculum extension projects.