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Classroom Design

Our classrooms are designed so that students can move freely about, working and playing as independently as possible at their developmental level. In a typical classroom you will see: work areas of tables and chairs rather than individual desks to foster collaboration and cooperation; a rug or classroomdesignother meeting area where the entire class can come together for discussions, stories, planning sessions, etc.; a play area with blocks, games, and puzzles; a cozy reading area where children can snuggle up with a book. Rarely will you see commercially-produced posters or decorations on the walls; instead you will see artifacts of the children’s current learning projects.

Our classrooms are purposefully designed so that they can be easily rearranged to accommodate a large project. At any given point in the year, you may walk into a classroom and find it reconfigured as the International Space Station, or an American town during the Great Depression, or a tropical rainforest. We want the curriculum to live and breathe in our classrooms rather than being constrained by furniture.


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"For apart from inquiry, apart form the praxis, individuals cannot be truly human. Knowledge emerges only though invention and reinvention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other."
Paula Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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