STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) is a powerful combination of topics and techniques for educating our society. In our emergent play-based curriculum, it is important that children feed both sides of their brains. Through our STEAM programs, children hypothesize, explore, and create as a group.
Art goes beyond aesthetics and includes liberal arts as well, including language arts, social studies, physical arts, fine arts, and music. It is not unusual to find a teacher hosting an adventure for the children, such as an afternoon making clay—providing ingredients and directions, letting the children experiment, and then facilitating the use of it to construct a new object.
Our language immersion program provides a particularly rich experience where children learn Spanish by fully engaging with the language and culture. Immersion programs are largely regarded as giving children a leg up academically—beyond just second language knowledge. Our program not only incorporates listening, understanding, and speaking a second language, but children and families are also encouraged to explore Spanish culture through holidays and traditions to deepen understanding.
The Children’s School is proud to be a registered Outdoor Classroom Project demonstration site. We believe that in order to nurture the whole child, we must encourage children to learn all the time and everywhere. By utilizing our expansive outdoor area, we bring the classroom outdoors to provide unique opportunities that aren’t available indoors.
The outdoor classroom prioritizes hands-on experiences, physical activity, social-emotional growth through peer interaction, and multifaceted approaches to cognitive development that connect children to nature to maximize their growth. Not only do students benefit with more physical activity, they are encouraged to become better stewards of their environment.
Students learn to plant, nurture, grow, harvest, clean, and eat the fruits and vegetables in our garden. A child who normally wouldn’t consider zucchini now has a special relationship with it and asks for it even outside the classroom. From seeing a seed grow to fruition, a child’s relationship with food can be changed forever.