We're Not Just Playing!

If you pop into our lower-elementary classrooms you may see our students “playing.” However, our teachers know that there is much more going on. At CCS we are committed to a developmentally appropriate program which means that we design our classrooms, our curriculum, and our daily lessons to teach the skills our students need through methods that are appropriate for their age.  You can feel confident that your child is having fun and learning in a safe and age-appropriate environment!

Through dramatic play, our young fire-fighter is strengthening language skills, developing problem-solving skills and excercising his imagination!

Through dramatic play, our young fire-fighter is strengthening language skills, developing problem-solving skills and excercising his imagination!

At the sensory table students practice using their senses to explore the world and make observations. Here, students play with artificial snow.  If the winter doesn't bring outdoor snow, make your own!

At the sensory table students practice using their senses to explore the world and make observations. Here, students play with artificial snow.  If the winter doesn't bring outdoor snow, make your own!

Children LOVE to use scissors! Our teachers know that the act of cutting will strengthen little hands and the muscles that will be needed for writing!

Children LOVE to use scissors! Our teachers know that the act of cutting will strengthen little hands and the muscles that will be needed for writing!

These young ladies are participating in a more structured teacher-designed activity They are "fishing" for lower case letters. Our classroom centers provide both student-directed and teacher-directed learning opportunities.

These young ladies are participating in a more structured teacher-designed activity They are "fishing" for lower case letters. Our classroom centers provide both student-directed and teacher-directed learning opportunities.

In Kindergarten students still have opportunities to play throughout the day. However, their centers take on a much more academic focus. Here our students are playing a game which uses ten-frames to represent numerals as the students learn about addends that make 10! 

In Kindergarten students still have opportunities to play throughout the day. However, their centers take on a much more academic focus. Here our students are playing a game which uses ten-frames to represent numerals as the students learn about addends that make 10! 

In Grade 1 students have their own desks -but that doesn't mean they stay there all day! Students participate in many hands-on learning experiences and still have a some down-time for fun!

In Grade 1 students have their own desks -but that doesn't mean they stay there all day! Students participate in many hands-on learning experiences and still have a some down-time for fun!