Noun: a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. Verb: the desire to know or be curious about something.
When we say Wonder Lives Here at River Valley School (RVS) we can apply both definitions.
Elementary school is often the time when children develop certain belief systems about their capabilities. During these foundational years children will discover those things that make them unique, things that are their special gifts. They may also discover things that don’t come as easily to them. In both cases, it is our job at an Elementary school to instill the belief that anything is possible. A child’s job is to do exactly what schools sometimes inadvertently take away – to experience the joy of discovery, play, inquiry, the joy of wonder and curiosity and revel in what still comes so naturally to them; their innate love of learning.
At River Valley School, we integrate curriculum into meaningful inquiries and projects so that students are learning through hands-on experiences where they can move, talk, work independently or in a group. We are not a sit and get kind of place. Wonder can’t live there!
Our vision is to curate opportunities for learning and discovery that are as unique and dynamic as the world around us. We want every child to experience excellence. Excellence is a slightly more complex word to define as it means so many different things to people. At RVS, excellence isn’t a moving target that is defined by a teacher or a standardized test. While academically we are rigorous, we want children to love learning and to be out-of- the-box thinkers who can come up with creative solutions to complex problems.
Children are curious and have the desire to know things. When they are given the tools to apply what they’re learning to things that have meaning for them, we all stand in admiration of the beauty of a child’s ability to express the unexpected in their learning. At RVS Wonder truly is a noun and a verb.