Why Steward Outdoor Day School


Steward Outdoor Day School is an educational experience for elementary aged students, engaging learners through a holistic approach with the teachings of nature as our guide. Through play, exploration, and discovery, students will learn and retain  life-long lessons that will help them excel in all aspects of their education and more. Planned, and the unplanned, experiences enhance academic lessons and expectations. The NGSS and CT Core Standards developed for each grade level naturally flow into daily teachings and adventures. When students come to Steward Outdoor Day School, they grow academically through critical thinking and collaboration while also discovering more about themselves through confidence-boosting activities and participating in lessons that will stay with them for years to come.  The Social Emotional component of the curriculum, inspired by the Responsive Classroom model, is woven throughout all activities and lessons. By building a small and supportive learning community, students not only are more willing to take risks in their own learning, but they also cheer on their peers, celebrating in others’ achievements as much as in their own. They become a team of individuals who each have their own goals, but who also recognize that communication, cooperation, and collaboration helps everyone be successful. Our supportive learning community provides a safe environment to practice, reflect, and persist in the core skills that they’ll need to be successful in school and beyond:
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Organization and time management
  • Sense of self, place and purpose
  • Community building