Stonebrook Day School’s curriculum relies on play-based learning. This is an active hands-on approach to learning that compliments the inquisitive nature of a child. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) explorations and projects form the cornerstones of our curriculum. Displaying what we have learned through stories, journals and visual arts (2 and 3 dimensional creations) promotes the integration of literacy and the arts – in effect we move from STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Children develop concepts over time using inquiry-based learning and project approach. Projects for discovery are derived from knowledge of early learners as well as from child interests and questions about the world (emergent curriculum). Curriculum is integrated across the many domains of learning.

Our experience at Stonebrook Day School was amazing! Our daughter spent two wonderful years here. The curriculum is creative and children learn through exploration and discovery. She had amazing teachers who were warm, kind, and caring and instilled a love of school. Because of this, our daughter’s transition to kindergarten was smooth and positive. She left Stonebrook Day School with plenty of confidence and lots of wonderful friends. Our family loves Stonebrook Day School! -Liz and Eric M.

Learning starts with a central question – for example “how does a chick know it is time to hatch?” question from a student. We begin as a group thinking about what we know and what we don’t know as well as what we want to know about this question. Students and teachers identify resources that may help to answer these questions – perhaps books, web searches, or interviews of knowledgeable people.  In this manner the project begins to unfold.  Teachers will document the children’s investigation throughout the project.


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