We believe children learn through hands-on experimentation with their environment. Children are intrinsically motivated and are stimulated by new experiences. A child learns by repetition and through feedback from self and others. We encourage children to think of creative solutions independently or in collaboration with others. We believe there is no correct way of using materials and we encourage new approaches through process-oriented activities.
Our goals are for children to take initiative as they make choices, play constructively and share their ideas with others. We acknowledge what the children are doing as we give language to the concepts they are experimenting with. With enough varied materials, children sort, classify, count objects and figure out what is the same or different. They learn problem solving skills through constructive play and learn how to deal with conflicts. The children expand their math, language, thinking and social abilities as they concretely manipulate materials in the classroom and outdoors. They gain self confidence as they share themselves with others.
These values and this approach led to CPS winning the 2015 CITYKIDS Inclusion Award!