A Joyful First Step
In the nursery, young children are guided by experienced Early Childhood teachers through days of exploration and wonder.
Children attend nursery in one of our two beautiful, fully-licensed classrooms. Teachers work closely with families to ensure a smooth transition to school and to create an experience that supports each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. A balanced routine gives children the security from which to explore freely and confidently.
Work and Play
Nursery children find delight in simple activities like bread baking, painting, crafts, and clean-up. Puppet shows and stories capture a child’s imagination and help build strong language skills, while lively counting games lay a foundation for mathematics. Teacher-led movement games help integrate the senses, and support physical and emotional development. There is time for creative, imaginative free play each day. This play is an essential part of children's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth.
Nursery children have space to run, climb, build forts, and experience the seasons, in all kinds of weather! Daily excursions provide plenty of fresh air and help children gain confidence in the wider world. The class may explore the beautiful walled garden of the nearby Swedenborgian Church, the Presidio, or the grade school play yard.
In the early years, movement is learning. Children develop motor skills, integrate the senses, and work cooperatively. Teacher-led movement activities and games are balanced with time for free movement, indoors and out. Fine motor and artistic expression are encouraged through watercolor painting, craft and cooking activities, and free play.
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