The child's first few years of school set the tone for future learning. At KapKa we strive to give our students a love of life-long learning, and set their expectations for exceptional learning experiences. We acknowledge that every person—adult and child—is a learner. Children are just beginning to take responsibility for the direction their learning will take. We guide the process by encouraging children to think creatively for themselves, develop successful academic skills and strategies, grow in self-management, and solve problems through cooperative interactions. Our multi-age curriculum offers a multi-age, multi-disciplinary approach to learning that weaves together academics, the arts, community service, and environmental studies. We encourage independent exploration as well as teamwork, and honor the uniqueness and growth of each child as he or she makes new discoveries about his or her self and the world around us.
We believe that a child’s fascination with a subject provides a doorway for deeper inquiry and connection with the world. Whether a child is interested in rocks or raccoons, project-centered study can provide him or her with a focus for reading, math, science and art. This work has intrinsic meaning and value for a child as compared to the "imposed schoolwork.”
Basic principles that shape our learning structure are:
|Trust and Familiarity
Problem Solving & Practice
Respect for the Individual
A child’s fascination with a subject provides a doorway for deeper inquiry and connection with the world. Whether a child is interested in rocks or raccoons, project-centered study can provide him or her with a focus for reading, math, science and art. This work has intrinsic meaning and value for a child as compared to the "imposed schoolwork.”
KapKa teachers are careful to give children the foundation they need in math and literacy. While much work is done collaboratively, we emphasize independent reading, offer skills-based instruction and teach comprehension strategies with individualized help for early readers. We make math concepts hands-on, relevant and experiential. We also integrate math concepts in our community activities — counting baby salmon, measuring footprints in the mud and calculating the cost of Thanksgiving groceries.
A favorite element in the KapKa Curriculum is the way art is woven into our work and play. Students use visual art to communicate about themselves as well as explore project work. Music is integral to KapKa with each day beginning with drumming and singing. Physical activities are key as well - students have ample outdoor play opportunities as well as weekly P.E. In addition, we delight in field trips that connect the classroom learning to the real world.