Nurturing Our Youngest Students
With an environment that is designed around the needs of the Cluster’s youngest students, Peabody provides a nurturing, developmentally-appropriate beginning to students’ school experience. Using Responsive Classroom techniques, teachers and staff encourage cooperation, empathy, responsibility, self-control, and collaborative problem-solving.
Children leave our early childhood campus with strong foundations in literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. All classrooms are staffed by a teacher assisted by a paraprofessional, and Peabody offers a full complement of wraparound services, including dedicated special education teachers, before- and after-care, art instruction, library, physical education, and music.
Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Peabody has recently expanded to serve 235 students in three Pre-K3, four Pre-K4, and five Kindergarten classes. Children learn through a variety of teacher-led and independent activities, including a daily morning meeting and student-chosen center time. Play is an important part of every day, with ample recess time and special classes to keep students moving, while a daily rest period gives our littlest ones some quiet time each afternoon.
Arts Integration in Action
Peabody’s arts integration program uses the visual and performing arts as a teaching tool. Students have studied and created projects inspired by specific artists and their culture. Last year’s school-wide study of the art of Georgia O’Keefe culminated in an exhibition of student art at The Phillips Collection. Students created their own “O’Keefe’s” and worked with a professional storyteller to write and illustrate stories inspired by an O’Keefe painting. Peabody teachers have dedicated many hours to professional development in the area of arts integration.
The Story of Food
The Story of Food is a terrific example of the kind of learning made possible through the collaboration, creativity, and commitment of the entire Peabody community. Using an innovative, hands-on early childhood literacy curriculum made possible by federal, community, and PTA grant funds, students explored gardens, farms, markets, and healthy bodies. They planted, nurtured, observed, and harvested “edible gardens;” learned to prepare and eat delicious healthy recipes; and participated in reading, storytelling, music, art, and other activities. The Story of Food engaged students throughout the 2010-2011 school year and was so successful that many elements of the program have been integrated into Peabody’s ongoing curriculum.