CARDEN® School of San Jose — creating lifelong learners and well-rounded citizens. The goal of Carden® Day School is to develop students who excel in academic areas, speak well, read well, write well, are poised and well-mannered, are cognizant of ethics, and appreciate and enjoy various cultural aspects of life. We strive to nurture and develop the whole child with a mix of modern and classic academic structure, service opportunities, in an environment filled with respect and humor.
Developing a whole and unique individual able to function and excel in his or her world. The Carden curriculum provides students with the necessary skills for challenging secondary schools and higher education. Superior study habits, critical thinking, and self-discipline are all integrated into each aspect of the curriculum.
We strive to create a desire to learn. Our children learn to accept responsibility for their studies and become independent learners with stamina and an excellent work ethic. Our core academic program includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Technology and Foreign Languages (French is offered at all grade levels).
The Arts Program at Carden focuses on learning the fundamentals of fine arts and developing an appreciation for the beauty of art and music in all its forms. The students experience how these special subjects can enhance academic learning and social change while becoming comfortable performing with and before peers. It is a pleasure to watch the children as they regularly perform during our weekly assemblies and other events. We witness, over time, an awakening of their creative talents.
Physical Education A strong body is as important to develop as a strong mind. During daily P.E. classes, students discover their physical potential while learning to become a successful member of a team. We emphasize good sportsmanship through a wide variety of sports and physical activities. Our students participate in the President’s Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program.
The social aspects of a child are vital. We encourage the development of desirable character traits and a sense of fair play. We enable each student’s growth in accepting responsibility for his actions or lack of action. Each pupil learns the value of his individuality and respects the individuality of others. Through the daily meditation and social interactions our children are encouraged to behave with integrity and ethical values. Mae Carden stressed looking at life with a positive perspective and we value this optimistic outlook.
Unleashing the innate powers of analytical and organized thinking through the Carden Method.
In making the decision to provide a Carden education for your child, it is important to have an overview of what the Carden Method, developed by Mae Carden, is all about. The following is a brief overview of the philosophy and history behind our Carden curriculum.
Mae Carden developed the Carden Method for learning and opened Miss Carden’s School for Young Children in October of 1934 in New York. Her curriculum is designed for children beginning from the age of three and continuing through each grade, reinforcing and building upon the strengths gained by the student from the previous year. The Carden Method is specifically designed to help children develop their innate powers of analytical and organized thinking. Mae Carden believed that life and learning is enhanced by the ability to interconnect academic, social, and artistic skills through a strong foundation of knowledge sprinkled with humor and service.
A strong basic in Mae Carden’s educational philosophy involves the Carden Standards of Living and the life pattern of Cause and Effect. In her book, Let’s Bring Them Up Sensibly, Mae Carden describes this pattern as “the only way to assure the desired effect is to weigh life’s values, bear them in mind, act in accordance with them, and reap the rich reward.” In using Miss Carden’s philosophy of Cause and Effect in our school curriculum, we are working towards our goal of providing our students a solid foundation of knowledge along with the self- confidence and communication skills needed to share their gifts with the world.
Underlying all of Miss Carden’s writing and educational materials is the importance of giving children a joy for learning. As she wrote, “I want children to learn and to enjoy learning. Life is a joy, so should be learning.”
“Remember that the positive qualities of
loyalty, honesty, friendship, and reliability,
enoble the child’s life.”
Since 1934, schools nation-wide have used the Carden Method to help children learn to read. In 2001, the Beijing Haidian Shi Yan School in China also adopted the Carden Method.
The Carden Method teaches children to read utilizing:
Small Group Learning The teacher works with children individually and in small groups, asking questions and ensuring that each student is learning to read.
Phonics as the foundation Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students learn the consonants and vowels and the sounds associated with them. They begin to learn the various rules by which the sounds of vowels and consonants change. They acquire the ability to sound out words.
The Carden Method Teaches Children Reading Comprehension Skills by:
Creating a Mental Image Children develop the ability to form a mental image of the word. Carden readers do not contain pictures. A child is expected to form a picture in the mind's eye of the meaning of each word and of each sentence and be able to describe that picture.
Emphasizing Rhythmic Grouping
Children learn that there is a rhythmic grouping of words in a sentence. Miss Carden emphasized that this rhythmic phrasing of sentences is essential to reading comprehension.
Analyzing Sentences and Mastering English Grammar
Children learn to analyze sentences. They learn to pick out the key word - the word that most carries the meaning of the sentence- and to emphasize it in reading and speaking. They also learn to identify the parts of speech; for example, the "who-word", the "what-word," and the "when-word."
Finding the Main Idea
Children learn to summarize sentences, paragraphs, and chapters and to give a title to groups of sentences. They learn to comprehend the meaning of the text and to express it in their own way.
The Carden Method Teaches Children to Love for Classical Literature
The study of classical literature begins in the First Grade and continues through the Eighth Grade. It covers a broad spectrum of literature to enhance the child's view of the world, their knowledge of history as well as stretching their reading comprehension and vocabulary. By the end of Eighth Grade, the average Carden student has a vocabulary of about 20,000 words.