ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

Our elementary program is for children entering Transitional Kindergarten-2nd Grade.

Children in our program will participate in all of the foundational structures of our curriculum: inquiry projects, design studio, story workshop, math workshop, self-directed learning/play and forest school adventures. Students will be introduced to a large array of artistic mediums through which they may express their ideas and offered a strong foundation in Spanish vocabulary. Our program is from 8:30-3:00pm, with extended care available in the afternoon in response to family need.

INQUIRY STUDY

Our school year will be divided into several inquiry cycles. The beginning of each inquiry cycle will start with a broad exploration of the theme. We may invite experts to share their perspectives or plan experiences that allow our students to interact firsthand with the theme. During the creation phase students will collaborate in their teams to work on their long-term projects. The objective of this phase is for students to create their own understanding and perspective on the inquiry theme. The end of each inquiry cycle will concluds with individual and group reflection. Students (and teachers) extensively document their work from inspiration to completion and work together to synthesize what they have learned into a public exposition. You can read more about our inquiry cycle here.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

Please see our page about parent participation. We believe strongly that a school should be place that all three protaganists - teachers, students and families - work together to create a supportive learning environment. We expect that parents who choose IC Community School will be looking forward to participating in the education of their children. At the same time we respect that all parents have different work hours such that active participation will look different for each family.

FOREST SCHOOL AND FIELD TRIPS

As a school we believe deeply in the importance of supporting our children in developing a deep and joyful relationship to our natural environment. Each Friday we head into the woods to explore and play. In constrast to environmental education, the focus of Forest School is not to teach about the environment per se, rather to empower our young children to feel confident, curious and creative in a natural environment. As in our regular school day, at forest school we allow our students' interest to inspire short and long term projects that can be developed with natural materials and in a forest setting.

Unless the weather is particularly inclement, we know that we can find fun, adventure and learning out-of-doors rain or shine so long as our children are appropriately dressed. All children will need comfortable, sturdy walking shoes and clothing they had freely sit down in the dirt. Please make sure that your child has warm layers, a good rain jacket, rain pants (snow bibs also work great) and boots for the rainy months.

In addition to our experiences in the forest, we also feel its important for our students to get out into the community to experience first-hand the themes they are exploring during inquiry projects. The possibilities are endless as we walk through our neighborhoods, take public transportation to sites of exploration and learning, and plan longer field trips with the help of parent drivers.

DRESS GUIDELINES

Our school's dress guidelines were developed with the purpose of supporting both our children's individual and community identiy as well as promoting greater focus at school. All clothing may either be solid color or simple stripes free from visible logos, graphics, drawings or words. Children should come feeling comfortable and ready to play. At the same time we hope that they will develop pride in learning to prepare themselves for school in a way that demonstrates respect for their school experience.