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Curious Minds Learning Center

5219 Princeton Ave
Caldwell, ID 83607

(208) 453-8899


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Cori uses the children's natural curiosity to learn basic principles through play.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Counting and sorting items
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Cori believes that every child should have the opportunity to reach his/her potential. She individualizes instruction to meet each child's specific educational and emotional needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cori teaches children what they need to know to be a step ahead when they enter kindergarten. She uses the children's natural curiosity to learn basic principles through play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The following methods of communication are used: Open House, Parent-Teacher Meetings, Progress Reports, Phone Calls, E-mail, and Website


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on