Curriculum

      Today, an understanding of ecological issues is critical for the survival of our planet. Children especially need to experience themselves as being part of the natural world. Cuvilly is committed to creating a space that respects all of creation in an ecological balance. Our unique curriculum - developed on-site by Cuvilly's teaching professionals - is based on the premise that “all living things need food to live out the full circle of their days.

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Preschool & Kindergarten:

Using the expansive Cuvilly campus which includes open fields, woods, a pond and gardens, as well as paddocks for our many farm animals, the Cuvilly Preschool and Kindergarten provides students with a variety of learning experiences to guide them in positive modes of self expression and prepare them for future school experiences.

The Trail Blazers

 

Monday–Thursday 8:15am – 3:15pm

 

This full day program is designed for the older preschool/pre-k/k student who can easily separate from his/her parent or caregiver and is able to manage his/her own toileting needs including the use of a “luggable- loo” for our woodland bathroom. 

 

Our program takes place almost entirely outdoors, is place-based and child prompted! The entire campus including gardens, woods, barnyard, and fields is our classroom providing opportunities that connect our students to the earth, their peers and their instructors.  We will use the inside classroom only when absolutely necessary. 

 

Each student will carry his/her own backpack with personal supplies – food, water, hat, mittens or gloves and journaling materials.

 

We will journal, read, write, sing, tell stories, study, compare, count, build and create.  We will have opportunities to share our creations with our companion learners.

 

You may register your child for a M/W full day program a T/TH full day program, a Friday full day program or a combination of full day programs.

                                    Nature Nuggets                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Monday –Thursday  8:30 to 11:30am    Morning Program

                                          12:30pm to 3:30pm   Afternoon Program

 

This half-day program is designed for students who are younger or who have not been cared for outside of the home. 

 

Home base for this program is our amazing outdoor “Inspiration station” and our large indoor classroom, with frequent visits to the gardens, barnyard, fields and woods. 

These early learners will hone their social skills as well as their imaginations as they explore the vast campus, observe the wonders of the diverse domestic and wild life, garden, create masterpieces, sing, tell stories and journal.  These experiences will help our student to become confident members of the earth community and well prepared for future learning adventures.

 

You may register your child in a M/W program morning or afternoon, a T/TH program morning or afternoon. You may sign up for ALL four mornings OR ALL four afternoons. 

A Day of Adventurous Play!

 

Fridays 8:15am – 3:15pm

 

Begin each weekend with a new adventure!

 

This friday program is designed for the older preschool/pre-k/k student who can easily separate from his/her parent or caregiver and is able to manage his/her own toileting needs including the use of a “luggable- loo” for our woodland bathroom.

 

This is an outdoor program, theme/place-based and child prompted! Like our Trail Blazer Program, the entire campus including gardens, woods, barnyard, and fields is our classroom.

 

Each Friday will be a new adventure such as The Winter Woods, What’s In Your Back Yard, Hilltop Huts, Seasonal Soup, and Over the River and Through the Woods to name a few.   These experiences help children discover the magic of the landscape surrounding them, develop self-sufficiency and collaboration skills, encourage healthy risk assessment, and become comfortable with themselves as an essential part of this earth. The primary goal is to stimulate the children’s curiosity about the natural world and grow to love it.  Through exploration they are motivated to discover, empowered to make choices, and encouraged to think critically and creatively to develop solutions to life’s challenges.

 

Each week the teachers will provide suggestions about how your family can further develop the adventure at home or in your neighborhood.

Fledgling Farmers

Friday mornings for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

 

Two 10 week semesters : (September 17- November 19) and (March 18 - June 3)

with no class on Good Friday, April 15 and school vacation, April 22.

 

 

Formerly known as Farm Fridays, Fledgling Farmers is our farmbased program for preschool, pre-K and kindergarten children one day a week. The fledgling farmers claim Cuvilly’s barnyard and kids’ garden as their home base with visits to the woods and fields as well as the farm fields of the Three Sisters Garden Project located on the Cuvilly Campus.

 

The children will partcipate in farm chores and activities such as:

*Mucking stalls

*Animal grooming

*Filling water buckets and hay mangers,

*Starting seedlings, planting and weeding gardens.

 

Doing this they learn to understand the unique needs of each being and begin to realize their own connecFon with them. At the core of this farm experience is Cuvilly’s guiding principal “all life is sacred and the diversity of life is essenFal for the well-being of the planet.” As the children learn about farm life and build their farm skills they will also be building an understanding of themselves as a part of the greater earth community.

*Two New Offerings For the Fall 2021!*

Magical Mondays Enrichment Program

 

Your child is invited to join the Cuvilly staff for a 10-week afternoon program of joyful nature art, music, yoga, dance, and dramatic play!

When: Sept. 13th – Nov. 22nd (no class 10/11)

Time: 12:30-3:30 pm

Who: Children between ages 2.9-6 yrs.

Cost: $550 

To register: email caec@verizon.net

More Information: Children will spend their first hour exploring a variety of methods of artistic expression with trained staff on our beautiful campus. They will then have a snack and a time for free play. They will then have another session of dance, yoga, dramatic play and music in our newly constructed yurt, followed up with a closing circle.

This course will be offered for three consecutive 10 week sessions throughout the school year. There is a $50 discount when you enroll in all three sessions. 

For Magical Mondays Registration Form, Click Here.

 

 

Wee Chef Wednesdays Enrichment Program

 

Your child is invited to join the Cuvilly staff for a 10-week afternoon program of harvesting from our garden, preparing food and cooking!

When: Sept. 15th – Nov 17th 

Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Who: Children between ages 2.9-6 yrs.

Cost: $550 

To register: email caec@verizon.net

More Information: Children will spend their afternoon exploring the world of culinary arts! Drawing from our amazing children’s garden, the Three Sisters’ fields, as well as the edible landscape, children will gather food, prepare dishes with guidance and supervision. At times, the children will prepare snacks for the Cuvilly animals in the barnyard. This program will include a time for free play and exploration of the expansive Cuvilly campus and finish with songs and stories during closing circle. 

All dietary restrictions will be respected throughout this program.

This course will be offered for three consecutive 10 week sessions throughout the school year. There is a $50 discount when you enroll in all three sessions. 

For Wee Chef Wednesdays Registration Form,  Click Here.

  

For more information about programming at
The Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center please call
Kelly at 978-356-4288 or email at caec@verizon.net

Teaching Staff

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Kelly Martignetti
School Coordinator

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Hope
Trail Blazers Teacher

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Ann Ranger
Trail Blazers Teacher

Keira Reilly
Trail Blazers Assistant Teacher

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Catie
Nature Nuggets Teacher

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Alisson
Nature Nuggets Teacher

Katy
Nature Nuggets Asst.

Christina 
Nature Nuggets Asst.