MCNS is a school founded on the philosophy that play is a child’s vehicle for learning. We view learning as a natural and ongoing process, which occurs as we interact with our environment. We see each child as an individual who develops in his or her own way. Building meaningful relationships between teacher and child, and among the children, is central to the work we do.
Our programs are based on The Creative Curriculum, which rests firmly on a foundation of early childhood education research. Our curriculum is designed to address academic content while keeping a purposeful play philosophy. A central goal is to help each child acquire the social-emotional competence and skills he or she needs to succeed as a learner. We strive to create a peaceful classroom community where each child can explore, create and experiment freely.
Our curriculum includes regular schedules and routines, and reflects state learning standards as it supports teaching content in a developmentally appropriate way. Below are a few examples.
What children are learning when they play at or with:
Sensory Table/Play Dough: (sand, rice, water, etc.)—pouring, hand-eye coordination (writing skills); counting, measuring, balance (math); sharing (social skills); imagination, role playing (creative thinking & social skills)
Puzzles & Manipulative Toys: observation, motor planning, hand-eye coordination (reading & writing skills); shape recognition, spatial awareness, matching, classification (math, science, & critical thinking skills).
Imaginary Play Area: fact, fiction, role playing, imagination (creative thinking, social and emotional skills); awareness of community – workers, helpers, diversity (social studies).
Indoor/Outdoor Play: cooperative groups, turn-taking (social skills); gross and fine motor development.
Circle Time: learning songs and rhymes (vocabulary/language skills); listening to peer’s talk (listening and speaking skills); participating in story-telling activities (language skills, creative and critical thinking skills)