The flow of the day includes ample time for children to make choices that support their particular interests. These may include exploring a wide array of art and found materials from our Studio, investigating the properties of light, shadow, water and sand, and participating in a variety of literacy, math, nature and dramatic play activities. Ongoing group investigations reflect the collaborative, interactive and cooperative nature of life and learning at our school. Each class comes together daily for meeting time, story, snack, music and movement. Our expansive outdoor play area is another important part of daily life at CNS.

When a child is personally invested in an activity, we believe that it will become a meaningful learning experience. Teachers pay close attention to the ways in which the children investigate their world and construct knowledge. They offer provocations, challenges and engaging materials to further promote learning and growth. Within a framework of respect and encouragement, children are able to shape their own experiences as well as collaborate in learning groups.