This expanded program has been a successful addition to the school’s existing programs for pre-school students.
“We are happy to be continuing with the class for next year. We recognized that there was a need for many students to have extra time to adapt to the rigors of full-day kindergarten, and our program meets those needs,” said lead teacher, Amee Borys.
The class day begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m., with the option to stay until 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. for an extended day program. The class size is limited to eleven children.
“Our students thrive in a small-group setting. They are able to acquire the social and academic skills they need and to learn at their own pace. Earthplace staff are able to give the students individualized attention which builds self-confidence in children that will help them in the future,” Borys said.
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Children learn and develop best when they can make connections with the material that is being presented to them, according to the Nursery School Director, Laurie Linton.
"At Earthplace Nursery School, a child’s innate desire and ability to connect with nature makes for meaningful learning experiences. The children who come to school here take with them a love of nature and knowledge of the world around them that goes far beyond the years they spend here. So many of our students return as volunteers, junior staff, and camp counselors because of the strong foundation they have received at Earthplace Nursery School," Linton said.
The Fives Program includes balanced literacy, math, science, cooking, gym, music and weekly animal visits with the naturalists in residence at Earthplace. The students spend at least an hour each day outdoors either on the playground or on the nature trails.