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Learning in Action

At Country Day School the learning is not limited to students alone. Our staff continually strives to keep up to date with the latest research and best practice in early childhood education through annual professional development workshops, membership in professional organizations like NAEYC, sharing news and research articles, and pursuing higher education. We encourage our families to be lifelong learners, too, through parent education workshops hosted by Dr. Rene Hackney as well as sharing relevant news and resources parents may find helpful. We hope these resources are useful as we all work together to create a rich learning community at CDS.

The Formative Years of Early Childhood: The research and best practices that drive our program

A Researcher's Perspective on the Value of Play

Dr Alison Gopnik, a leader in the study of how children learn, discussed with NAEYC her findings about how young children learn best. Read her take on the value of play and developing social and emotional skills in the full article.

The View From CDS: A window into our classrooms

Art is Essential to Mrs. Reich

Explore how one of our Fours teachers uses art to meet cross-curricular goals.  A hallmark of learning through play is that it looks so seamless while so much purposeful planning goes into each activity and classroom design. 

See, Think, and Wonder in the STEAM Lab

See how Ms. Lauren integrates the "See, Think, and Wonder" routine into her STEAM enrichment classes.  This routine for exploring works of art and other interesting things was put forth by Harvard's Project Zero initiative.