Age 3 through 6th Grade

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Nursery Overview

In Nursery, the foundation is set for children to become active problem solvers and critical thinkers. 

Pouring sand. Manipulating puppets. Building lightbox Lego creations. Examining a hermit crab with a magnifying glass. Constructing a pretend forklift from oversize blocks. Helping cook their own food for snack time. Going on a nature walk. These are just a sample of the activities Community’s 3-year-olds engage in on a daily basis.

We also offer a half-day program for Nursery students. Hours are from 8:00 – 12:15 each day except Thursday, which is 8:00 – 2:15. We feel this program provides options and flexibility for parents.

Half-day children leave after lunch, but get a "taste" of full days on Thursdays. Community’s "half days" are slightly longer than some other area programs, allowing for deep exploration into curricular themes and the introduction of academic skills. We believe the longer days will assist children in getting used to school routines and ensure readiness for Community School’s full-day Junior Kindergarten program.

Parents also have the opportunity to “convert” from half-day to full-day in August, November, and February if they are interested. Both half- and full-day programs are five days a week.

All Nursery students will continue to experience developmentally appropriate French, music, and P.E. specialty subjects. Full-day Nursery students will also have theme-based enrichment programming in the afternoon with topics such as art, drama, and science.

In Nursery, parents are encouraged to stop by and visit with their children, whether it’s having lunch, reading a book at story time, or helping out with a special project. Two favorite annual parent/child activities are the Parents’ Breakfast and the Parents’ Tea.

Our nursery program, both half- and full-day, encourages children to express ideas, feelings, and point of view in a supportive, joyful atmosphere. Teachers act as nurturers, listeners, and facilitators as each child explores the environment, interacts with peers and materials, and strives to make sense of a complex world.

Literature/Language Arts

  • Develop listening proficiencies
  • Build rich vocabulary through oral language and high-quality literature
  • Exposure to and concepts about print
  • Linguistic awareness through games, rhymes, rhythmic activities
  • Dictate ideas about work, the environment and factual knowledge
  • Develop writing skills through manipulative and fine motor activities


  • Identify, describe and create with shapes
  • Measure objects using non-standard units
  • Create simple graphs
  • Match and sort objects according to attributes
  • Draw, paint and build using math ideas
  • Represent quantities and concepts with objects
  • Define and solve problems by trial and error and object manipulation

Social Studies

  • Develop awareness of humans’ basic needs and similarities
  • Extend understanding of themselves and the world
  • Carry out leadership roles in classroom
  • Make individual and group decisions
  • Order events in sequence to establish a sense of order and time
  • Expand knowledge of the geography of Community School and class community
  • Country studied: United States


  • Foster an appreciation for the natural world
  • Experiment with simple tools
  • Experiment with objects and materials to gather information and observe reactions
  • Respect physical environment and its conservation
  • Explore physical properties and characteristics, solve problems and represent observations on the physical and natural world, in earth and space
  • Understand that all humans have basic needs and similarities
  • Develop critical thinking skills


  • Learn vocabulary and language structures through listening, singing, miming, fingerplays, games and activities
  • Experience monthly themes including greetings, clothing, food, animals, counting, colors, shapes and family members
  • Incorporate movement and activity with vocabulary

Physical Education

  • Practice locomotor and non-locomotor actions
  • Develop spatial and outdoor awareness
  • Experience rhythmic patterns in large and small muscle movements
  • Practice ball skills
  • Participate in creative movement activities


  • Develop listening skills
  • Practice locomotor and non-locomotor actions
  • Experience rhythm and beat patterns, in large and small muscle movements
  • Perform fingerplays, songs, rhymes and poems
  • Explore voice concepts
  • Play various percussion instruments
  • Practice speaking and singing into a microphone


  • Promote creativity
  • Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Experience a variety of media
  • Develop basic fine motor skills
  • Introduce great master artists through art history
  • Communicate ideas through art


  • Practice tracking performers
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior
  • Identify difference between actor and audience
  • Practice expression through theatre games