Curriculum & Enrichment
Mulberry School provides a continuous learning model. Our preschool classes implement a developmentally-tailored curriculum addressing social, emotional, and pre-academic growth. Beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through our first/second grade classrooms, children work as members of whole group and small group cooperative learning partnerships. Our students learn through multi-disciplinary project-based experiences combined with dedicated time for specific academic skill building. Through dramatic play, movement and Readers Theater, the students experience Drama in their classrooms. Mulberry teachers construct their curriculum using the Illinois Core Standards as a guideline from which they can expand outward. Throughout the school, children are encouraged to make choices that can lead to independence, self confidence, a sense of responsibility and respect for those around them. From this environment, students emerge as strong, compassionate individuals.
Curious about what Mulberry students do during the day? Visit our listing of daily classroom schedules!
The children enjoy weekly art classes. Students are exposed to various media through studio experiences, introductions to artists, and a diverse range of art. Students have opportunities to respond to these experiences through art making, conversation, movement, play, and storytelling. The art curriculum encourages curiosity, exploration, spontaneity, and excitement that brings out the innate curiosity in each child.
Exposure to Spanish starts in our preschool classes. Preschool children have bi-monthly sessions where a game or activity includes Spanish vocabulary and frequently a cultural connection to Latin or Spanish customs. Starting in Kindergarten, students participate once a week in Spanish instruction. During these sessions students practice both conversational Spanish and written Spanish skills.
The children have music classes weekly. The classes are exposed to different styles of music, rhythm, instruments, and much more in a fun and interactive setting. At Mulberry, we feel that music should be fun and engaging while children learn through singing, movement activities, and exposure to new instruments and sounds.
The children meet for P.E. once a week to work on developmentally appropriate skills. Classes are held outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
Mulberry stresses the importance of connecting students with experiences beyond the walls of our school building. Some recent field experiences include:
- Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
- Illinois State University’s Braden Auditorium to see the Illinois Symphony
- Children’s Discovery Museum of Bloomington-Normal
- Mack Glass Studios
- Illinois State University’s Planetarium
- Tanner’s Apple Orchard
- The David Davis Mansion
- Rader Pumpkin Farm
- Community Businesses
- Parks and Outdoor Hiking Areas
Parents are always welcome to accompany us on our field trips!