Current research reveals that the human brain has an inborn desire to search for meaning through patterns and relationships. Children and adults learn best in environments that are intellectually and emotionally challenging without fear of ridicule or failure.
At The Compass School we follow a child-led project approach. The project is an investigation of topics and concepts over a period of time. Project work provides the kind of complex experiences rich in challenge, choice and meaning that respects the inquisitive mind of the child and the way children learn. The investigation follows a path created by the questions, interests and imaginations of children in contrast to a predetermined direction planned by the teacher.
The curriculum is a blend of a respectful environment, rich and provocative materials being readily available in the environment, and of teachers supporting the childâ€™s choices of learning.
We highly value communication between the school and family and offer a variety of tools to facilitate continuous interaction including daily logs, highlights, lesson plans, newsletters, weekly take home journals and portfolios of your child's work.
Every detail inside and outside of The Compass School is created with children as the focus. Specialty classrooms are equipped with authentic materials to make the learning experience more â€œreal-lifeâ€. A large and varied playground and landscaping are each designed to promote the learning process.
All teachers at The Compass School have experience and/or training in working with children. All teachers have received specialized training in the project approach to learning, the emergent curriculum, the RIE philosophy of infant/toddler interaction, and in The Compass Schoolâ€™s philosophy of promoting respect for children.
The school is open from 6:30am-6:30pm.
A morning snack is provided between 8:30 and 9:30.
The morningâ€™s activities may involve indoor or outdoor involvement. Some projects may involve participation of other age groups, which promotes a sense of mentoring and cooperation. Throughout the day, teachers act as facilitators, followers and partners in the learning journey.
Lunchtime is between 11:30 and 12:00, with lunch being catered.
Rest time or naps are an option after lunch for those children who want to participate. Naps are not required (for preschoolers), although some â€œquiet timeâ€ is necessary. When the child is ready to begin play/work again, opportunities are provided for this to occur/continue.
Work on projects, participation in specialty rooms and outdoor activity are included in the afternoon time. An afternoon snack is provided as an energy boost between 2:30 and 3:30, and is seen as a time for continued socialization.