Philosophy & Curriculum
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Children at CP Kids are valued members of the learning environment, with their individual needs and interests helping shape the curriculum. CP Kids uses an interdisciplinary approach to thematic teaching that helps children generalize skill acquisition and create meaningful association. Social studies, emergent literacy, mathematics, science, music, art, yoga, mindfulness and gross motor activities are introduced each day. Play and exploration are vital components of the learning process and new materials are constantly added to aid in exploration and to ignite curiosity. Each classroom creates a developmentally appropriate curriculum that takes into account student interest to strengthen skills and increase the knowledge base of each child. CP Kids also benefit from a sports class each week that is taught by the Chelsea Piers Field House coaching staff.
In the classrooms you can see language development occurring through challenging, open-ended questions and conversations between peers with support from teachers. The classrooms are language rich environments where teachers are constantly engaging and encouraging students to problem-solve collaboratively which fosters confidence and supports language acquisition.
Cognitive development is achieved through constant problem solving, whether it is a challenging manipulative activity, figuring out the result to a thought-provoking question, or completing a new task with the support of a teacher or peer.
Social & Emotional Development
Social and emotional development is an important part of the curriculum as children learn to recognize and express their feelings appropriately throughout each day. Building resilience, empathy, understanding and compassion as well as developing a strong sense of community are cornerstones of the CP Kids philosophy.
Our Toddler and Preschool programs participate in one sports class each semester, which allows for further gross motor development and helps children to learn and work as a team. CP Kids take advantage of all the wonderful space the Field House at Chelsea Piers has to offer! Students ride tricycles, jump on the trampoline and get to move their bodies in new ways every single day!
Fine motor skills are developed through play as well as a variety of activities during the day. By using a myriad of different materials such as; scissors, feathers, markers, crayons, paint brushes, beads and play dough, students are constantly being presented with new and interesting ways to improve fine motor skills. These opportunities for practice are embedded in the curriculum, allowing the students to hone their skills during different learning experiences throughout each day.
At CP Kids we value parent communication and encourage families to play an active role in the educational process. Through a secure online platform parents receive videos, photos and learning stories each day. Coupled with parent-teacher conferences and informal daily check-ins at drop off and pick-up parents, are involved in every step of the learning process.
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The learning needs of every child at CP Kids are recognized on an individual basis and considered in curriculum planning. We value all varieties of families and cultures and incorporate that diversity into our classrooms.