Philosophy

The curriculum at Corlears reflects our strongly held belief that young children are natural learners, curious about the world around them and learn and grow from experiences that are meaningful and relevant to them. It provides an organizing framework for instructional practices and serves as a catalyst for a dynamic process that encourages students to be actively engaged in their own learning.

Student questions are an integral part of the curriculum. Throughout the school year they engage in explorations that provide insight for answering their questions and for developing imagination, new interests, skills and conceptual understandings.

In multiple ways, the curriculum focuses on the interrelationship and interaction of people and their environment. Thematic studies with strong links between social studies and science serve as the core curriculum at Corlears. Teachers collaborate to design curricula and set goals and objectives based on the developmental stages of children as well as the particular needs of the children in their classes. Literacy, quantitative reasoning, scientific inquiry, problem solving and artistic expression are incorporated into every child’s course of study at Corlears.

Progressive Principles

Fundamental principles that guide the development of our curriculum are:

  • The curriculum addresses the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of young children
  • The child is at the center of the learning process. The program is interdisciplinary and focuses on hands-on learning
  • The structure of the day allows for whole group, small group and individual instruction
  • In addition to their classroom teachers students work with specialists in Spanish, art, music, library, technology and physical education/movement
  • Specialists and classroom teachers collaborate to provide an integrated curriculum
  • Individual learning styles are respected at Corlears. We take time to get to know each student well and work to understand their particular strengths and vulnerabilities.  Trained specialists in literacy and child development help children progress at the appropriate pace and level and provide important feedback to faculty and parents as needed.
  • Technology offers important learning tools for the twenty first century. Students will have access and instruction at an age appropriate rate.
  • Learning to participate is community life is emphasized. Classroom jobs, weekly assemblies and community outreach are vital aspects of the program
  • Health and Wellness are of primary importance for students, staff, our school community and our world.

“Teachers collaborate to design curricula and set goals and objectives based on the developmental stages of children as well as the particular needs of the children in their classes.”