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It all starts with a block

How a child learns to learn will impact his or her life forever . . .

Caroline Pratt observed children long before she tried to teach them. She came to realize that the more children actively participate in their own education, the more they get out of it.

City and Country opened in the autumn of 1914.

Visionary founder, Caroline Pratt believed the open ended play materials offer each child the opportunity to recreate their world and dramatize their experiences.

She combined the eight cubes designed by Friedrich Froebel as the first building blocks to be given to a child to create the wooden unit blocks, which is now the generally accepted standard for schools, preschools, and kindergartens for children aged two through seven.

Encouraged by Dewey and other educators, Pratt and her teachers began a practice of documenting their work in unprecedented detail and created decades of observation and practice to provide the framework for the integrated curriculum.

City and Country School celebrate their centenary.