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Daily Life

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    The Farmers’ Market outside the school every Wednesday is a rich resource to learn about food, social transactions, and people.

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    We are only one block away from the beautiful Pacific Ocean

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    Our location in downtown Santa Monica is in the midst of the city’s busy hub of culture, tourism and commerce.

The school’s unique place in the city encourages wonder about the environment, the people and the nature around it.

Our Context

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From arrival time until pick-up, daily life in the school is a meaningful intersection of relationships.

Children learn to help carry out and manage experiences and routines. These opportunities form the core of much of the curriculum throughout the school and give context to problem solving opportunities while fostering autonomy and empathy towards the environment, materials and peers.

Environment

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Complex, organized and beautiful, the spaces of the school are in place to inspire wonder and communicate prior learning experiences, encounters and possibilities.

Upon entering the school, one becomes aware of the many diverse and inviting areas that are organized to provoke thinking and exploration.

Materials & the 100 Languages of Children

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Interacting with materials and experiencing their properties allows children to not only build specific knowledge about the subject of their enquiry and the use of tools, but develop a set of skills that they can use to explore the world around them.

Children, Teachers, & Families Together

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It is our belief that a quality school is an intergenerational place for families, teachers and children to learn together. From school-wide experiences such as community sings, culminating events, classroom and family meetings, multiple opportunities are in place that give time and experiences for adults’ and children’s perspectives to come together. Round table discussions, parent association initiatives, conferences and workdays are opportunities to think together about the context, ideas and relationships that form the school.

The documentation that covers the walls of the classrooms and hallways is evidence of previous learning and shared memories. This reminds us what has been possible and inspires the continual search for new learning and living that defines and redefines the school from year to year.

Exploration, Studies, and Projects

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Explorations are opportunities to play with materials or ideas, and studies are organized to understand in depth and apply ideas in different situations. Projects and learning initiatives arise each year from classroom work, social interactions and development opportunities among the children and adults that become modified as the work progresses.