We nurture lifelong learners.
Country Classroom curriculum consists of:
Integrated, project-based education
Subjects are combined in logical ways, and students benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of a topic. While studying a creek, students might create a model of the soil at the bottom of the creek, write and illustrate a fictional account of the life of a crayfish, and graph changes in creek temperature over time. They might also consider the way that waterways have influenced history and society.
Our students spend a large amount of time outside every day in both structured and unstructured time. Unstructured time is carefully supervised to be sure that all children are practicing kindness and compassion. Children are not permitted to have cell phones, tablets or any other electronic devices during unstructured times. They are welcome to climb trees, play in the dirt and run around.
With small class sizes, we can tailor our teaching to individual students and make sure that each child is progressing and being appropriately challenged. We look to find the “genius” in each child and nurture those talents.
Whole child education
We believe that educating children to be kind to each other, themselves, and the world will lead them to be happier adults. We know that children’s emotional well-being is essential to their academic progress. While we value intellect, we value feelings, imagination and a sense of wonder. We also expect them to have good manners, be attentive to reasonable requests and treat others with respect.
Children of different ages have the opportunity to learn from each other. This helps them to accept different levels of competence, share their knowledge with others, and develop friendships with students both younger and older than themselves.
Standards and assessment
Student learning is assessed by the teacher on an on-going basis, and students reflect on their own learning and growth. Parents are kept up to date on student progress through regularly scheduled conferences, and students develop a portfolio of work. We use New York State’s standards to shape our curriculum. We do not do Common Core State Testing. While we might administer the occasional standardized test, it will be neither stressful nor high stakes.
We work to create meaningful, engaging, joyful educational opportunities for children. We do expect children to listen, be attentive and engaged. While we acknowledge and respect children’s specific interests, we want them to try a wide range of activities.