Spruce Street Nursery School provides a joyous early learning experience for children ages 2 through 5 years.
Spruce Street accommodates a maximum of 49 children at any given time. By maintaining a teacher to child ratio of 1 to 4.5 throughout the school, we are able to provide a warm and nurturing nursery school environment where each child's individual development is given thoughtful attention. Each day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm, with the possibility of Early Arrival from 7:30 am, Extended Day until 3:30 pm, and Late Day until 5:30 pm.
Children gather in the Acorn classroom where the Early Arrival Teacher provides activities and a light breakfast to begin the day.
The Extended Day Progam provides a small, mixed-age setting for guided exploration of a specific activity based on a theme. This fall's themes include Cooking, STEAM and Art! Led by two teachers, the children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects. Rest time, snack, and stories are also important elements of Extended Day.
Afternoon Enrichment Programs
Special Activity programs are offered throughout the year. These programs include Swim & Play, Soccer with Super Soccer Stars, Yoga, and Theater!
Late Day is available M-F from 3:30-5:30. Children may sign up on a contract or drop-in basis. Late Day is a deliberately slower pace than the school day, with time for play, snack, and stories.
Spruce Street also offers a Summer Program, available to all currently enrolled families. Click here for more information about our Summer Program.
Age: 2.0 - 2.9 years
Days: MWF or TTh
The Acorn classroom offers many opportunities for discovery in an environment that is warm and welcoming. Our teachers help your child to form friendships with gentle guidance. Language development is enhanced through songs and finger plays, interactions with peers, and conversations with responsive teachers. Pre-academic skills such as colors, letters, and number concepts are introduced gradually through play. Picture books are read throughout the day, and each child keeps a journal of his/her explorations with pen and paper. A climbing structure is ever present for the active Two's boundless energy. The children also explore enclosed fields and playgrounds, weather permitting. The Acorns ride in carts, safely buckled, to all of their destinations.
Age: 2.10 - young threes
Days: 3, 4, or 5 days
In the Willow classroom, lessons are planned along thematic units developed from the interests and ideas of the children, such as Dinosaurs, Outer Space and the Human Body. Planned activities increase children's knowledge of the world around them through hands-on discovery, while introducing fundamental pre-reading and pre-math concepts. Each child keeps a journal with drawings, letters and the child's words to document his or her days at school. Daily meetings provide children with a forum to practice group etiquette while expressing their ideas and discussing the themes they've been exploring in the classroom. Through play, active inquiry and teacher-initiated activities, children develop self-esteem while gaining social, cognitive and physical skills.
Age: mid threes - early fours
Days: 3, 4, or 5 days
The Maple curriculum provides exposure to a broad range of topic areas with an emphasis on integrating pre-academic skills throughout. Thematic units are developed from the children's ideas and interests as well as from the teacher's goals for each child and the class as a whole. Maple journal entries often begin to include representational drawings and inventive spelling. The Maples work both cooperatively and independently in their process of discovery; meeting becomes a time for listening, sharing and discovering more. Through guided inquiry, planned activities, and dramatic play, each child's sense of themselves as a good friend and competent learner develops.
Days: 5 days only
The Oak class helps familiarize your child with key abstract concepts while maintaining a strong commitment to active learning. Journals are an integral part of each day, with an emphasis on emerging literacy through encouraging drawing and writing, and transcribing the children's increasingly complex stories. Letter sound associations are reinforced as the children practice their letter of the week, and begin to recognize letters and words in text. Simple equations are demonstrated with hands on counters, and geometric concepts are explored through tangrams and geoboards. In the Oak classroom, children have the opportunity to explore topics and themes in increasing depth as well as pursue their own areas of interest.