At CNS children learn from an integrated thematic curriculum. We study such themes as oceans, seasons, dinosaurs, rain forest,farm, garden, pond, community helpers, holidays and many others. Crafts, music, stories and games are all part of the learning experience as is free time when children are able to choose an activity of their own interest. Morning meeting consists of singing, finger plays, poems, stories, drama, discussion and sharing about the current curriculum topic. There is time each day to play outdoors on the playground or inside in the spacious indoor play area during inclement weather. Because of our low teacher to student ratio, our teachers are able to frequently offer each child one-on-one attention. Tuesdays/Wednesdays are gym day and Thursdays/Fridays are Big Group Music Sing-a-Long Days. A specialized music teacher visits each classroom for 30 minutes once a week as well.
Each day is structured around a routine to which the children quickly learn and adapt. The day begins with free play, project time, snack, circle time, and outdoor play.
Each classroom is set up with multiple stations for play. Activities include art projects, water, sand or bean table, library, dress up, kitchen, play dough, and a variety of manipulatives, such as legos, puzzles, doll houses, trains, cars, games, animals and more. New activities are introduced regularly and rotated throughout the year, which enhances our curriculum.
The children benefit from outdoor play on our private playground on a daily basis, if the weather permits (20 degrees or warmer and then we play outside!). When bad weather or excessively cold temperatures interfere with outdoor play, we utilize our large, open indoor play area that is reserved for use on these inclement weather days. Large motor activities are encouraged with activities that are designed for movement, such as balls, scooters, bikes, plasma cars, music and dancing.
We also use our indoor play area for all of our special visitors, events and parties. We believe the children benefit from getting to know children from other classes and seeing the school beyond their own classroom.