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.