The Sounds of Summer

by Head of Early Childhood Beth O'Brien
The sounds of summer are distinctive. The chorus of birds at dawn, the buzz of the bees in the garden, the crack of the baseball bat connecting with the ball, the peepers singing at dusk, the chime of the ice cream truck, the deep pitch of the ocean waves. But it is the hum of children during the months of summer that always leaves me most attentive.

Stop for a moment and consider the sound of your child in the days when light arrives early and departs late. See the child before you engaged in purposeful play and intellectual inquiry. Observe the designing and creating. Listen to the reasoning, questioning and analyzing. Notice the focus and the joy. Soon that hum will flow through the doors of the Thacher Building. Your children will arrive with their curiosity, industry and enthusiasm. And we will welcome their arrival and their ideas with great interest and reverence. For one hundred years, we, at Country School, have partnered with families to uphold a mission that respects childhood and develops a child’s intellectual capacity. Here at Country School we value the sounds of summer throughout all the seasons of the calendar year.
 
At Country School, we know that children learn best when development, readiness and interest intersect. It is this understanding that shapes the intentional journey from Early Childhood to Upper School. With great thought we consider who the child is, where the child is and what the child needs at each grade level. With that understanding, teachers intentionally design open-ended experiences to spark your child’s interests and prepare lessons to develop your child’s ability to think critically, flexibly and creatively. Every day children are acquiring, strengthening and refining knowledge and character in the presence of an adult who understands and values childhood and who believes in their potential. It is this combination of nurture and stretch that develops our Country School graduates -- confident and curious lifelong learners.
 
Listen for the hum. Know that this sound is not a passing phase or a seasonal one but an essential disposition for life that will be cultivated in your child, year in and year out, on the corner of Ponus Ridge and Frogtown Road.  
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