What You Will Not See In Our Classrooms:

  • One teacher lecturing the entire group at once
  • Worksheets to color
  • Identical product-oriented art projects
  • Everyone doing the same thing, at the same time, all day long
  • Perfectly clean clothing and bodies
  • A climbing structure or swing set on the playground

What You WILL See In Our Classrooms

  • Adults scattered through the classroom supporting individuals or small groups in exploration and play (ex: an adult writing down a story that a child is telling)
  • Children, alone and in small groups, exploring their world through materials and ideas
  • Children expressing their understanding of the world with their bodies, tools, art media, light, natural materials, drama, music, and both written and spoken word
  • For a short time each day, children and adults gathered together for activities designed to build a sense of community
  • Paint or mud on hands and feet
  • An environment that encourages children to be independent as well as to negotiate and collaborate with peers and adults (ex: creating their own obstacle course with stumps and planks)