Our mission at CFS is to honor and advocate for childhood and play-based, open-ended education, to celebrate the joy and endless benefits of nature and child-led learning, and sustain a community that cares deeply for children's rights, social-emotional development, and getting to know and caring for our earth.
At CFS the child IS our curriculum. As a school we are guided by children and nature in all we do. Our time in nature and playing will provide opportunities for math, science, literacy, art, music, and so much more. We believe there is no one-size-fits all curriculum and we're dedicated to sustaining and nurturing a love and passion for learning that sets a foundation for a lifetime of growth.
Through an inquiry-based project approach, educators facilitate both group and individual learning while working within children's interests and self-guided investigations. Our pedagogy is compelled by a strong understanding of child development and our role in the classroom is to observe and scaffold children in their authentic learning in the most developmentally appropriate way. As advocates for play-based and child-led education, teachers at CFS see it as their responsibility to make the learning visible to our families and larger communities - transparency is a key value in our work.
Celebrating the joy of children's questions and discoveries, singing songs, storytelling, climbing trees, planting seeds and tending to fragile sprouts, caring for animals and each other, sharing interests with farmers, peers and educators, taking calculated physical risks in our dynamic outdoor classroom, collaborative projects, playing in the rain, sharing passions with our friends, gaining confidence in ourselves, a freedom of expression and the resilience to fall, make mistakes, and try again - these are the makings of meaningful early childhood experiences and we're so honored to be a part of this magical time in the Community Farm School's families' lives.
"A school needs to be a place for all children, not based on the idea that they are all the same, but that they are all different." -Loris Malaguzzi