CLASSES AVAILABLE

3 YEAR OLDS 

The 2-Day Class meets on Thursday and Friday from 9-11:30am. Children should be 3 years old by Oct 15th to join the 2-Day Class. Maximum class size is 12 students.


4 YEAR OLDS 

The 3-Day Class meets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-12p. Children should be 4 years old by Oct 15th to join the 3-Day Class. Maximum class size is 14 students.




CURRICULUM 

The goal of the program is to provide each student with a comfortable and fun first school experience. The activities are geared toward developing social skills, developing fine and gross motor skills, introducing shapes, colors and numbers, recognizing student’s own name, and learning letters. The curriculum follows monthly themes that include such topics as All Around Maine, Things with Wings, Farms and Food, Light, Fun & Fancy Feet, Musical Instruments, How Things Work, In the Neighborhood, Let's Get Messy, and Celebrations


Since Village Nursery School is a co-operative preschool, parents have often shared their unique talents and experiences with the children. The children have had foreign language classes, cooking classes, and presentations about other countries including Kenya, Sweden, Venezuela, and England. An orthopedist came in and showed the children a skeleton and talked about bones.


ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS


Music Program with Diana

The children are exposed to music, dance, singing, instruments, rhythm and beat. Diana comes into the classroom every other week to teach music throughout the school year. 


A TYPICAL DAY AT VNS 

Drop Off

Children arrrive at 9:00am


Free Play

The first half hour children spend this time in the outside school area. Below are some examples of things they might play with which will be dependent on the weather and time of year. 

  • Art - painting at easels 
  • Sandbox 
  • Climbing Structure 
  • Obstacle Course 
  • Chalk 
  • Tricycles 
  • Cross Country Skis 
  • Sleds 
  • Snowshoes
  • Boat
  • Castle
  • Water Table 


Circle Time

The school has an outdoor circle area with stumps for each child to sit on. During Circle time the class sings their morning greeting song and then gets instructions for doing the project of the day. 


Project Time 

Children will typically go inside to complete an art project. Every other week the 3-day class has a music class during this time. Music class takes place outside. 


Snack Time

Snack time always takes place outside. One of the working parents provids the class snack. This is a great time when teachers encourage the children to have group and invidividual conversations. 


Nature Walk

The class goes for a walk on the nature trail behind the school. The teachers bring books to read to the class during breaks in their walk, and the kids get to explore the natural setting of the great outdoors.


Dismissal Time

Parents pick the children up at 11:30 (2 day) or 12p (3 day).

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