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Our elementary program is built on a foundation of progressive educational principles, research-based methods and skills that foster community and connection.
All Crestmont classrooms feature:
Low student-to-teacher ratios
Project-based and hands-on learning
Integrated thematic instruction
Relevant and meaningful tasks that are challenging
Authentic and multi-disciplinary
Curriculum differentiation including supporting different learning styles
Ongoing authentic assessment and emergent curriculum
FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN
Kindergarten students develop a love for learning and school, while also continuing to relish in their imagination and play. They learn the importance of listening to their peers and their teachers, while also gaining confidence and skills to assert their needs, communicate their ideas and forge lasting friendships. The Unicorns’ math experience is playful and play based. Through games and explorations, they learn to sort and compare, count and use numbers. Kindergarten students learn literacy skills in centers that grow their listening, writing and reading skills. They become storytellers, both orally and in writing. They also experience morning dance parties, regular time to explore outdoors, “choosing time” that incorporates play-based activities, and even put on their own play at the end of the year – all while learning new skills and building their social-emotional toolset.
Kindergarten is a big transition for families. Prior to the start of the school year, we host a family picnic on campus so our teacher can make a personal connection with each child and their family. Kinder students are also invited to visit the classroom prior to the first day of class for a scavenger hunt so that they can become familiar with their new surroundings.
Check out a sample Kindergarten schedule.
All classes are intentionally multi-grade.
This mixed-age grouping provides these students access to a broader range of activities to align with their skill sets and the opportunity to form relationships with peers of a broader age range. Because of the intimate size of each class, teachers can tailor activities to students’ individual abilities, ensuring that students are met where they are while also being challenged and engaged.
Examples of Crestmont's creative and integrated curriculum are:
Learning phonics and sight words by engaging in games such as a reading skills obstacle course
Working with Urban Tilth to grow produce for low-cost CSA produce boxes
Applying math skills in area and perimeter by creating plans for a house
Developing writing skills by writing to organizations advocating for farm workers’ rights
Designing a way to survive on another planet
Creating a mural for the Crestmont community
A safe, supportive, and inclusive community allows students to thrive academically and socially. Helping children acquire social skills is a fundamental part of primary education and a cornerstone of Crestmont’s philosophy. We consider positive social interaction and conflict resolution subjects as important as math and reading. While we intentionally teach conflict resolution skills and nonviolent communication, we also take the time to address issues as they arise. With steady guidance, the children develop a strong sense of empathy and the skills to get along with various people. This helps children to experience a sense of belonging. It is also critical for developing a safe and trusting community, which is essential for learning.
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