Our mission at the The Children's Community School is to create a learning community that honors and empowers children to engage their whole selves in education. Utilizing progressive education, we build a better society by fostering creativity, problem solving skills, communication skills, a sense of initiative, and a capacity to listen. We encourage students to engage their bodies, minds, and emotions, to make meaning, form relationships, and to develop an understanding of themselves as active members of community.
Each day at CCS has a pattern and predictable rhythm that children become familiar with. This supports the development of their sense of independence and self-regulation skills within the environment. We intentionally provide learning experiences that encourage the children to work together building community and relational skills.
Our teachers work carefully and intentionally towards establishing trusting and mutually respectful relationships with the children, families and within the group as a whole. As children develop a sense of belonging to a community they build a basis for an understanding of their connection to the world around them.
Students arrive with their parents. Parents may want to play with students or read them a story to help them settle into the classroom environment.
9:00-9:10- Morning Meeting
The teacher guides the students in reading the morning message, taking attendance, singing, and sharing work from previous day. The teacher may also model the special project or activity of the day at this time. This is an opportunity for students to hone their noticing and listening skills, as well as to express themselves.
9:15-9:50- Work Time (Play and exploration is the work of this age group)
Students will choose to work in the block area, dress up, manipulatives, writing/drawing, water/sand table, or on a special project. Students will clean up or choose to save work. In their work they will be developing math, literacy, and academic skills and concepts.
Students, as members of our learning community, will help set up and clean up a healthy snack.
10:20-11:00 Special (Music or Movement)
In music, students are given the opportunity to play with, create and experience music with an emphasis on rhythm, rhyme, imagination and play. In movement, they will participate in structured play as they do stretching, yoga, dance and creative imitation of the world around them to promote and support motor development, listening skills, self-esteem and imagination. The integration of both quiet and active movement supports the child's innate capacity to utilize his/her body to understand the world around them. Our movement program encourages students to have a healthy relationship with their bodies, to move creatively, to reflect and to be present.
11:00-11:30 Outside play and exploration
Part of this time may be spent with free-play outside or on the playground. Some of this time may also be spent exploring the natural world or tending to a garden.
12:00-12:30 Story and Good-bye circle
The purpose of this gathering is to notice, listen, share, take turns, express understanding, develop vocabulary, and enjoy the shared process of learning and discovering.
*Please note: for 2012-2013 we have a full time program, 8:30am - 2:30pm. Check the website or contact us for more information about the schedule for full time students.