Creativity and Play: Honoring Childhood

Children's learning flourishes through creative expression, rich language, hands-on activities, and play-based learning, which are at the core of every activity at Slate School. Passionate learning is continuous, fluid, and inspiring.

The school's abundant natural educational resources promote active play by the child. There are no battery-operated toys or screen devices. Instead, the classrooms are filled with a variety of beautiful wooden blocks, wooden vehicles, peg dolls for children to decorate, and other natural toys which promote imaginative play. Outdoor play is integral to each day, with extended recess opportunities on lush meadow land. The playground is manufactured from splinter-free and chemical-free Northern White Cedar.

All math concepts are explored through hands-on activities, and especially through the use of blocks and building. Children learn age-appropriate history lessons by creating log cabin scenes with log blocks, drawing their own interpretations of historical activities, and reenacting historical events such as cooking in colonial times.

Children learn science through active experiments introduced by the teacher, as well as by their own creative experimental process. Science projects and an annual child-led science fair are integral to the science curriculum.

Teachers read several books each day to the children, which introduces them to the magic of beautiful, enriching books. The reading activities are followed by creative opportunities, such as drawing or painting one's own scenes, or writing one's own book.