At the Heart of our approach is the certainty that there
is a gift in every childs self-expression and the unique contribution
they make to the group.
The goals of The Orchard School curriculum are to assist skill
development in a meaningful context while encouraging children's
self-awareness, self-esteem, understanding, and empathy for others.
Children are encouraged to celebrate their individuality, creativity
and competency through play, art, music, story, and handcrafts.
Group and individual problem solving, both scholastically and
socially, are an integral part of the program. The curriculum
also includes exploration of nature and the environment, multi-cultural
awareness, aesthetics and creativity, and school preparedness.
Paul and Connor playing the marble game
It is primary to observe in a way that suspends judgement
and lets appreciation fill your awareness for all life and beauty
that came together to create each child.
Providing children with a social awareness and consideration
is a critical component of the curriculum. The Orchard School
promotes the understanding of many cultures through holiday celebrations,
festivals, stories, and activities such handcrafts and cooking.
Other areas that the school adresses are human rights, diversity,
tolerance, loss and seperation, and adoption.
As a teacher my task is to recognize, acknowledge, and embrace
any transition, vulnerability, or special need our students experience