Health and Wellness
At Children’s Meeting House (CMH) we recognize that physical activity in an important part of a child’s overall development. Through participation in weekly classes we strive to develop positive lifetime attitudes towards physical activity and exercise. Our curriculum is focused on elements of communication, cooperation, conflict resolution, safety and respect for self and others. Students engage in an assortment of dynamic activities helping foster the development of motor skills while simultaneously offering opportunities for challenge, enjoyment, self-expression and social interaction. Classes are typically held outside on our beautiful, 8-acre school campus. In the event of inclement weather, we utilize our large multi-purpose room.
Singing Circle has been a unique part of CMH for the past 33 years. Each week the Pre-Primary children look forward to singing circle with our veteran teacher and guitar player, John Phenix. This is a time when the children gather together in a circle and sing songs. The songs are a mix of children’s songs, traditional folk songs, and songs made up to teach children concepts, such as counting numbers, days of the week, months of the year, the continents, and the planets. Singing Circle has become a time for learning, as well as, a time for fun.
Elementary Music with Gina Jasinoski
In our music class we sing, dance, play instruments and find new ways to explore music. Each student learns to read music, play some kind of instrument, and has an opportunity to perform or share their talent with others. My goal is for each and every student to have a positive musical experience and grow to appreciate music of all genres!
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” -Indian Proverb
By exploring beyond the walls of our school into our woods, fields, meadows, pond and creek, we nourish the children’s innate curiosity about the natural world. Research shows that connecting children with nature has far-reaching effects, from improving academic performance to enhancing psychological and physical well-being. It develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making and it stimulates creativity.
Our out-of-doors “hands-on” curriculum focuses on activities that are indigenous to our area. Examples of activities would include learning how living organisms are affected by their environment, conservation, natural dying, maple sugaring, investigation of trees, plants, insects, birds, mammals, animal tracks, fossils, astronomy, and much more.
We need to plant the early seeds of understanding the interrelationship between nature and humanity, which will lead children to a sense of responsibility and stewardship in caring for our earth.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein
The Spanish program at CMH is very extensive. In addition to learning the Spanish language, all groups will learn about some important celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries. These lessons include a description of the celebration and hands-on activities and serve the purpose of reinforcing awareness of Hispanic culture and traditions from South America, Central America and Spain.
Children in the Pre-Primary program attend Spanish class one day a week. They learn basic vocabulary like colors, numbers, shapes, farm animals, seasons of the year, family members, basic parts of the house, and some food. Many different learning materials are used for the classes such as pictures, small animals, fruits, books, and coloring pages. They enjoy singing songs in Spanish.
Children at the Junior Elementary level attend Spanish once a week. The vocabulary they practice is similar to that described for Pre-Primary but at a more advanced level. They begin learning basic grammatical rules like the use of articles, and gender usage, adjectives, and simple verbs. They start practicing good pronunciation and asking simple questions.
1st and 2nd level Seniors attend once a week for 45 minutes and 3rd level Seniors attend for 90 minutes. They continue to practice and build on previously acquired skills. They begin the use of verb conjugation in present tense and grammar rules, making complete sentences and reading them. They have homework every week and are able to use a web program to practice by playing games with the vocabulary learned at class. Seniors make a Spanish presentation once a year. Depending on the level, students might perform a song or develop a project assigned by the Spanish teacher.
The Children’s Meeting House library is an important part of the school. We are dedicated to assisting students in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning. All students visit the library during the week. Parent volunteers under the guidance of an experienced librarian run the library. The library supports the learning goals of the classrooms and works to meet the reading interests of all the students. Each year the library has a book fair that offers specially priced books and educational products, including new releases, award winning titles, children’s classics, interactive software, and books for parents. The book fair has an online component in addition to the fair itself. Parents are always welcome to stop by.