In the World

Children learn not only in school, but in the world around them.  At CPE1, we encourage students and families to learn together, everywhere.  As a community, we support several in-the-world learning experiences that not only complement our philosophy, but embody it. 

Skating

From November through the end of March, weather permitting, every child at CPE 1 ice skates weekly with his or her class at Lasker Rink in Central Park. This is a program that began over 30 years ago and is an important part of your child’s physical education at CPE 1. It is not optional. The cost of the program is $30.00 per year per child. Scholarships are available if parents ask. The school will loan skates for the season to any child who does not own a pair. Parents are encouraged to support the CPE 1 Skating Program by chaperoning, volunteering to serve on the skating committee, and paying their skating fees promptly at the beginning of the school year. // All CPE children go ice skating once a week through the winter months at Lasker rink in Central Park. This important part of the curriculum is not optional for students. They walk as a class with their teachers and other adults to the skating rink where they spend the morning or afternoon. Physical education is a vital part of a child’s growth and CPE encourages teachers to engage in many outdoor activities. There is a small fee for the ice skating program that can be paid in September or over the course of three months – September, October and November. Scholarships are available, but families must fill out the request in September. There are no qualification requirements.

Camping

Upper grade students (3rd through 5th grades) have the opportunity to participate in a spring camping trip focused on bioscience studies including animals, nature and ecology. It is also an opportunity for the classes to bond and develop community-building and personal and group challenges. // Over the last 25 years that CPE has been taking children camping, the experience has been extremely valuable to those who go and the CPE community as a whole. // The camping day is highly structured to incorporate science, math, art, and language arts activities. Children do extensive science reading and writing based on their learning directly from nature. Field guides on insects, mammals, and birds are used. Science concepts like the ‘water cycle’, ‘food chains’, and ‘metamorphosis’ take on a new meaning when they are experienced first hand. // Language arts activities are also incorporated: journal writing, poetry, story telling, and reading. There is an excitement about this learning that is not found in the classroom. The poetry work started at camp often continues throughout the year.

Gardening

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