Curriculum

Approach


Caulbridge brings together the latest in neuroscience and brain research with a deep understanding of how children learn and grow; balancing current research with collective wisdom.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

John Muir, Naturalist and environmental advocate

Our Unique 3 Frames of Learning

Thematic Lessons

Academic content and context woven with movement for body awareness, speech work, mental math/cognitive games and sensory engagement

Teaching through story, wonder, and creativity

Skill Building

Math and Language Arts skills practice each day builds strong skills, habits and routines

Teaching through differentiated lessons, addressing learning styles and differences

Individual, small group and class activities

Experiential

Natural Sciences includes gardening, nature day and earth studies

Practical Arts includes handwork and woodworking

Fine Arts and Performing Arts includes painting, sculpting/modeling, puppetry, music, and drama

Thematic Frame
Everything the child is learning relates to a developmentally appropriate and academically relevant theme. The main curriculum content and concepts are delivered in thematic units of focused study over three or four weeks in an extended morning class period. The lessons are taught in a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory experiential way, and without standard textbooks. Instead, the children make their own portfolio that includes essays, drawings, maps, poetry and descriptions of lab experiments.

Skill Building Frame
Math and Language Arts at Caulbridge School are inspired by Universal Design for Learning which is a set of principles for curriculum development that provide all children equal opportunities to learn. A solid foundation in literacy and numeracy builds both competence and confidence that can turn a child’s natural curiosity into a love of learning.

Experiential Frame
Children grow from a very physical and sensory understanding into the ability to make mental conclusions on what they observe. Inquiry-based science develops observational and perceptive abilities that lead to higher thinking. Visual and practical arts open a child’s heart and mind in a balanced way. In addition to a heightened sense of aesthetics, the arts can support mental operations such as critical thinking, reaching conclusions, forming judgments, logic, and general comprehension. These abilities further aid in the development of intelligence and confidence.

Frames of Learning in our Daily Schedule
The daily schedule is designed around the needs of children, in support of optimal learning and healthy development. Longer class periods allow for varied activities in approaching the subject content and fewer transitions within the day. See the Daily Schedule

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