Program Curriculum and Goals
Cornerstone endeavors to prepare students for a lifetime of positive social interaction and learning. Our Constructivist curriculum was developed by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; this teaching approach encourages reflection, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. Based on the research of Jean Piaget and his successors, Constructivist education responds to emerging data from neuroscience investigations into brain development. According to Constructivist research, children learn best from active involvement with all aspects of the world. From their earliest days at Cornerstone, students explore the beginnings of reading, writing, math, art and science as they play in water, pound on playdough, draw and paint, sing and dance, or cook and bake. Through "hands on/minds on" learning, they build the early foundations of autonomous behavior, taking responsibility for their learning, and accepting the natural consequences of their decisions.