Our curriculum at MCPC emphasizes play and hands-on experience. The curriculum revolves around a monthly theme, with planned daily activities that build upon the theme. Activities include:
Child-centered art projects, easel painting and play-dough
Children's cooking and food-preparation projects from many different cultures
Outdoor play, such as climbing, digging, running and ball games
Science and nature projects, including gardening and animals to observe
Reading books in our library area
Musical activities and instruments
Movement and dance
Sand, water table and seed table play
Building toys and manipulatives, such as puzzles, blocks and trains
Guest visitors and field trips
Inclusive by Design
Inclusivity is integral to our curriculum. Our school community changes each year as we welcome new families with different backgrounds, places of origin, family structures and interests. These differences provide an opportunity for integration of diversity and inclusion into everything we do and in particular are mindful of different races, abilities, religions, gender, social class, and family structures. We have designed our programs to help our students develop the skills necessary to identify and counter the hurtful impact of social bias. Some of the ways we incorporate this into our curriculum include:
Comparing and celebrating same and different
“I Am Special” self-portraits exploring skin color & body color
Multi-cultural month with parent and family speakers
Holiday celebrations that highlight the many different ways we celebrate
A diverse library highlighting many different backgrounds and social justice themes
Spanish integrated into the morning and an optional Spanish Immersion program
PLAY-BASED & HANDS-ON LEARNING BENEFITS
Through these types of play, our programs develop and satisfy a child's natural desire to learn, so they may gain:
Conflict resolution skills
Readiness for formal learning
Respect for others and the environment
9:00am Children arrive at school.
Free choice of play activities, indoors and outdoors. Children prepare and eat snack at their leisure with adult assistance.
11:00am Circle time.
Children sing songs, act out stories from the morning, learn fingerplays, and talk. We also celebrate birthdays and host a variety of guests at this time.
11:15am Balloon Groups
Combined-age children break into small groups and focus on movement & dance, gross motor activities, or hands-on discovery (science projects).
11:30am Children continue outside play.
11:45am Closing circles.
Age-divided circles in which children discuss important events or issues that came up during the day, hear a story, and then say good-bye with a song.
12:00pm School ends for most children.
Children are picked up by parent, guardian or designated caregiver. Lunch for working parents’ children and children staying for extended day or Spanish immersion program.
Optional Extended Day
M/W, 12-2:30pm (Owls only)