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Wilmette Community Nursery School

1125 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091

Phone:
(847) 256-5888

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The purpose of Wilmette community Nursery School (WCNS) is to provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate educational programs for young children and support for their families. Diversity is valued and anti-bias attitudes are promoted. The school seeks to provide a carefully planned, nurturing environment that facilitates the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of young children. The curriculum emphasizes play, social interaction, creativity, curiosity, and choices in programs designed for ages two-years through kindergarten."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Parents and Tots
In each class the children engage in Indoor Play, Snack Time, Circle Time and Outdoor Play. The class takes place in two rooms connected by interior doors. Activities are set up in both rooms and include art projects, play dough, dress up area, play house area, book area, tables with puzzles and games and rug areas or tables with manipulatives such as trains, doll house, or animals.
3 Year old
The children quickly learn the daily schedule, which provides necessary structure for their morning. The routine includes beginning the day with Greeting followed by Activity Time, Juice and Snack, Circle Time and Outdoor Play.
The rooms are set up with multiple stations for play designed to accommodate three to four children at one time. Activities include art projects; water and cornmeal or bean table; book corner; dress up area; play kitchen; play dough; and a variety of manipulatives (legos, puzzles, dollhouses, trains, cars, games, animals, etc.) that are rotated throughout the weeks.
The children play outside everyday weather permitting. If bad weather interferes with outdoor play there is a very large carpeted room in the finished basement, which is used for large motor activities. Balls, scooters, music and dancing may all be part of this playtime.
4 Year Old
Each day the Seniors begin with Outdoor time, followed by Circle Time, Juice and Snack, Activity Time and Stories and Music. The rooms are set up with multiple stations for play designed to accommodate three to four children at one time. Activities include climbers, large blocks, other large motor items, dramatic play, art projects, sand, water, reading area, play kitchen, and manipulatives such as puzzles, legos, games, dolls, cars etc. which are varied daily. The teachers facilitate exposure to age appropriate topics (i.e. five senses, seasons, and calendar) through themes expressed in art projects, stories, music and other activities.
The children play outside everyday weather permitting. If bad weather interferes with outdoor play there is a very large carpeted room in the finished basement, which is used for large motor activities. Balls, scooters, music and dancing may all be part of this playtime."
Excerpted from the preschool's website