Nursery School – Explore!
Our nursery school program encourages child-led investigation, exploration, and discovery as children engage in play-based learning opportunities in a safe, nurturing environment. Facilitating social development among peers is an integral component of our nursery school in addition to fostering emotional intelligence, gross and fine motor skills, logical thinking, problem-solving, and character development. Our Christian values curriculum unique to St. David’s Episcopal Day school is grounded in our Episcopalian tradition and inspires children to learn about such virtues as sharing, kindness, empathy, diversity, respect, and honesty.
Children enrolled in our nursery school will be introduced to the alphabet, numbers, and pre-literacy skills through playful, process-oriented activities that are intertwined with thematic units. Our small class size allows for individualized attention to support children’s needs and motivates children to become lifelong learners.
A typical day in nursery school involves circle activities that encourage literacy and language development through songs and rhymes; early math skills such as sequencing and counting through calendar activities; and introduction to thematic topics involving science and social studies that help children learn about and make sense of the world around them. Children also explore cause and effect relationships throughout the day during self-directed play in our sensory and art, math and science, and multicultural learning centers that are updated with materials that relate to the current theme in the curriculum. Children strengthen physical development during recess and physical education lessons, and nursery schoolers receive a healthy snack as part of their morning. Our nursery school program is further enhanced with additional extracurricular activities such as Spanish, music, library, and nature center that support our whole-child approach to learning. Twice per month children attend chapel which celebrates all faiths and includes prayer, songs, and scripture. To promote “real world” applications of topics we explore in our curriculum, our nursery schoolers participate in at least one field trip per school year.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in our St. David’s Episcopal Day School community by volunteering in our classrooms. We also celebrate our families through several in-class events and special musical presentations.
Extend Your Nursery Schoolers Day
Lunch Bunch: Nursery school students are invited to stay for lunch (brought from home), play, and stories until 1:00.
Enrichment Option: Please visit our enrichment page to learn about our specialized “clubs” that are offered through 3:00.
Before/After-School Care: Our early care program runs from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., and our after-school program runs until 5:30 p.m. (please note, sufficient enrollment in these programs is required in order for them to run).