Children are active learners who construct knowledge through physical, social, and cultural experiences. As such, the facilitation of continual growth requires a broad range of approaches and materials. Our child-centered environment honors students’ interests, prior experiences, and individual needs, and is based on a philosophy that reflects the following:
Children involved in active learning are mentally, physically, and socially engaged as they experiment with materials and ideas to gain and reshape knowledge. They rely on first-hand experiences as they observe, predict, discuss, and solve problems.
Authentic learning empowers children to use prior knowledge and interests to drive their own learning toward purposes that are meaningful to them.
Academic Choice is the foundation of learning. Teachers create an environment where children are supported in taking responsibility for making decisions in the classroom.
Virtually every activity in Lower School underscores this philosophy and stimulates curiosity, instills a love of learning, and develops critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and presentation skills. Consider grasping the principles of math and science by growing the plants of the early Native Americans; learning to love literature by working with an acting company on a play; understanding history by reenacting the settlement of Ohio; developing an interest in community service by participating in animal rescue projects; and building observation skills by staking out a piece of land on school property, keeping a field journal, and creating a science experiment based on findings.