Cultivates a unique learning environment consisting of multi-age classrooms and a learner-centered curriculum that focuses on the students' interests to introduce learning opportunities through project work and collaboration.
Documentation of children's work is viewed as an important tool in the learning process for children, teachers, and parents. Pictures of children engaged in experiences, their words as they discuss what they are doing, feeling and thinking, and the children's interpretation of experience through the visual media are displayed as a graphic presentation of the dynamics of learning.
Develops internships and partnerships with area artistic, cultural, and business organizations, helping our students to learn from and appreciate the professional expertise of others. These encounters provide students with unique opportunities to connect what they are learning in the classroom with real world experiences.
The Reggio Emilia approach calls for the integration of the graphic arts as tools for cognitive, linguistic, and social development. Presentation of concepts and hypotheses in multiple forms of representation -- print, art, construction, drama, music, puppetry, and shadow play -- are viewed as essential to children's understanding of experience.
Throughout the day, the school models and encourages the children to make environmentally-conscious decisions by practicing organic gardening, composting, recycling, use of natural cleaning materials, natural pest control, reduced use of disposable material, green building techniques and serving organic snacks.
Parent Involvement: Volunteer opportunities; chaperones; opportunities to share skills, talents, and hobbies.
Tours: Contact Dalila Early to arrange a tour or visit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone 901-574-8896.
My daughter is thriving in their infant/toddler program. The teachers are very nurturing and attentive; they know and care for their students because they really get to know them. Students have lots of opportunities for play, which is developmentally appropriate for this age. Curriculum includes art projects, daily outdoor play (weather permitting), and story time; students also get to self-select toys and activities that interest them. Teachers track students' developmental milestones and share detailed feedback with parents. Snacks are healthy and food allergies are accommodated. I feel very comfortable leaving my toddler here and she has grown to love it!
Different - in a GOOD way!Parent 02/06/2015
My child is thriving at NLS Elementary, which is uniquely positioned to give her (and all her peers) an individualized curriculum that suits her perfectly. Our family loves everything about this school. We love the warm, loving faculty; the project-based learning and learner-centered curriculum; the emphasis on the fine arts; the multi-age classrooms; the eco-friendly practices; family involvement and I could go on, but want to keep this brief.
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