Quick: which of these can you remember without googling?
A. The year the American Civil War ended
B. How to calculate the altitude of an isosceles triangle
C. What happens when you pour vinegar on baking soda
Most people answer C. And what’s more, most people can explain why vinegar and baking soda react the way they do. That’s because when you do things with your own hands and witness the results with all your senses, you understand more and remember better. It’s just the way human brains work.
Our curriculum encourages hands-on learning whenever possible. Yes, we do worksheets. Yes, we memorize our times tables. The difference is that we call that stuff “folder work,” not “school.”
Below are brief descriptions of the programs that make Neighborhood truly unique. Please schedule a visit to learn more about how our students become high achievers and happy people without the pressure of grades or tests during their formative years.
The arts are integral to our play and to our academic work. From preschool through sixth grade, the children create two- and three-dimensional representations of their ideas and writings. We encourage and value their unique visions of their world.
For example, in the elementary program, we assign writing projects that are either whimsical or relevant to our students’ lives rather than requiring “drills” of basic writing processes. We elicit a variety of responses to literature rather than making children fill out formulaic book reports.
Environmental & Physical Education
Students’ relationship with nature, including outdoor play and study, is central to all of our programs. With recesses ever shorter and on ever-“safer” playgrounds, we feel this aspect of human experience is a major gap in today’s educational landscape, and we do our best to fill it by integrating outdoor play and fieldwork into our everyday curriculum.
Social development is often neglected in schools that focus exclusively on academics—but it’s an essential part of our curriculum. We model and provide proactive instruction on how to build community and resolve differences respectfully.
We emphasize multi-age activities and recesses. Older students mentor preschoolers and kindergarteners during all-school events. The sensitivity and creativity in our social curriculum helps students accommodate one another’s developmental differences.
Children build empathy for others and respect for themselves, and they go on to share these skills in other schools and throughout their communities later