takes a collaborative approach to all aspects of community life in and out of
the classroom and is grounded in the values of equality and social justice.
multiple ways, the curriculum focuses on the interrelationship and interaction
of people and their environment. Learning to participate in community life is
emphasized. Classroom jobs, weekly assemblies and community outreach are vital
aspects of the program. Teachers value student inquiry and model what it means
to listen actively and to value the perspective of others.
specialists and parents work to create an environment that welcomes a variety
of learning styles and is a place of warmth and acceptance. Children learn what it
means to welcome one another with respect for individual strengths and
challenges, to be empathetic and to persist in solving difficult problems. Care
and attention are given to all – even the animals who live among us.
One of our
most beloved examples of valuing individual voices is our weekly assembly.
Every Friday morning all students (except 2/3s) gather in the gym to sing
together and share significant classroom events. The host class shares stories
from the 2/3s classes since they are too young for such a large crowd. Stories
are told, poems are read, and drawings and charts are displayed, as the
children express pride and excitement in their work. Children are learning to appreciate, without
judging, all of the forms that exploration and learning can take.