The environment at CCNS supports children’s development by offering many opportunities for interactive experiences that are challenging, yet safe for their age group. The learning environment has to accommodate a variety of activities—sitting quietly looking at books, moving about with dramatic play props, climbing on things, sculpting with play-dough, eating, painting, working on puzzles, science experiments and building with blocks.

The schedule of the day reflects the rhythm of a specific agenda: arriving, free- playing, making art projects, cleaning up, having circle time, eating snacks, outside playing, going home. It is the routine that shapes each day and makes life predictable and secure for children.

Children learn through play. Children learn by doing. Our goal is to incorporate all aspects of a child’s development into the classroom experience. We present academics into the child’s everyday learning environment. We strive to make learning fun. What do we teach and how do we know that the children are learning academics?

Social Studies

Holidays, Similarities, Differences, Cultures, Community, Families, Workers, Cooperation


Projects, Painting, Crafts, Music, Singing, Dancing, Drama, Crayons, Collages, Markers.


Weather, Seasons, Plants, Experiments, Animals, Space, Humans, Fire Safety, Nutrition, Dinosaurs, Water Table, Sand Table

Language Arts

Spoken Language, Printed Language, Stories, Poems, Books, Name Recognition, Letters, Upper Case, Lower Case, Signs, Charts, Lists, Telling Stories


Counting, Calendar, Blocks, Patterns, Number Recognition, Days of the week, Months, Shapes, Sorting, Graphing, Time, Measurements, Cooking


Playground activities, Fire fighter visits, Librarian visits, Music and Movement, Dentist visits, Visit the elderly