All students attend the 9 a.m. – noon Nursery School program. The children are divided into two classes, a junior class for 3- year olds turning 4 and a senior class for 4- 5 year olds. Each class participates in a variety of whole and small group activities as well as self chosen play activities, such as the block and dramatic play areas. Teachers encourage cooperation and problem solving skills as children learn to play and work together. Good citizenship is our goal. Autonomy is fostered through daily routines as children practice self help skills, make and carry out plans for play, and contribute to classroom upkeep. Art activites are designed to encourage self expression, creativity and to explore materials. Teachers are intentional in planning actvities based on children’s interests and varying developmental levels. Teachers and children form close relationships making each child feel valued and respected. Children build the base skills needed for reading, writing and arithmetic through hands-on, fun and appropriately challenging experiences. There are lots of opportunities for exploring, asking questions and discovering. Our classrooms are very busy places!
Our extended day allows a child to stay until 1:30 p.m. and enjoy lunch at school, perfect for the parent that works part-time. Both classes come together at noon to say goodbye to our morning friends and then enjoy their lunches brought from home.
The full day children eat lunch at 12:30 p.m. and then prepare for nap with a favorite story. Each child is provided with a mat, pillow and lots of TLC from teachers to make nap time an enjoyable experience. Children awaken to a snack and a variety of activities to choose until picked up at the end of the day. Our afternoons and our early mornings are slow- paced with plenty of individual attention to meet the special needs of full day children.