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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at RCNS varies for each age level and provides children with skills imperative for kindergarten as well as an appreciation for themselves, their peers and the world around them.

RCNS follows The Creative Curriculum, which develops skills in the following categories:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Physical Development
  • The Arts
  • Health and Safety
  • Science and Technology

The Creative Curriculum is an excellent, research-supported play-based learning program. “Play based” programs are explicitly child-centered and directed towards ensuring children learn skills that are critical for long-term academic success. Our teachers at RCNS believe that play is the primary modality of effective learning in these early childhood years. Extensive academic research supports the real-world experience of our teachers.

The children in the child-centered, play-based [preschool] programs did best academically at the end of kindergarten, but most importantly,continued to grow and make academic gains over the next 4 years….

A play-based program complements the child’s brain development and provides the basis for academic success. … “[L]earn through play” preschool is absolutely the best “academic” preschool your child can attend.

“Play Based Vs. Academic Preschools: What the Research Says” By Kathryn Ems, M.S. Full text of the article here for those interested in the details of these studies.


Our programs are designed to maintain a balance between freedom and guidance, group and individual activities, and active and quiet play.

Children spend their school day engaged in periods of free play, and large and small group activities. Activities include:

  • Art
  • Sensory table
  • Dramatic play
  • Building
  • Music and movement
  • Stories and books
  • Puzzles and games
  • Outdoor play and nature exploration