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Applegate Nursery School

2787 Belmont Drive
Davis, CA 95618

(530) 758-4850


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Applegate Nursery School is a child centered preschool program for children from two through five years old. Preschool children are in a period of rapid growth in all areas of their development; physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Applegate offers a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere for children to expand their experiences and develop their skills in all of these areas under the guidance of caring and experienced teachers.
The school setting provides the opportunity for children to practice social skills, develop friendships and learn how to solve problems cooperatively. Each day provides time for small and large group experiences, along with both open ended and structured activities.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Each day at Applegate includes two large blocks of child-selected activity time, separated by teacher-directed small group story time and snack. During activity time children have the choice of where they want to play and whom they want to play with. There are teacher-planned activities offered every day as well as many play areas and toys to choose from. Activities for each week are organized around a theme of interest to young children. A schedule of activities is included in the weekly newsletter.
Our classroom is divided into several interest areas: art, books, blocks, housekeeping, computer station, manipulative toys, drawing & puzzle table, dress-up and areas for floor toys. We also have a large park-like yard with space to run, climb on play structures, play in the sand box and ride bikes.
Midway through each program we have story time and snack. For this part of the day children meet in four groups with other children of similar age. Each teacher plans and leads small group activities based on the developmental needs and interests of the children in that group. Snack time is followed by another block of activity time. Throughout the day and in all the activities, teachers facilitate social interactions and help the children with problem solving.
At the end of the program, children divide into two groups for circle time. This is a time for stories, singing and coming together again at the end of the day.
Excerpted from the preschool's website