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Christ Church Nursery School

East Lane
Short Hills, NJ 07078

(973) 379-6549


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In our 2 Year Old Classes, the children are introduced to a school setting
as they learn to separate from their parents. The main focus is social interaction
as children learn to communicate and cooperate with peers. Our
young preschoolers learn how to work in a group, follow directions, take
turns, and communicate their needs. As they learn about themselves and
their peers, we also work to reinforce colors and shapes.
As children progress to our Preschool Classes, we continue to reinforce
previously learned skills. We also work to help children visually recognize
their names. Our activities offer them ample time to learn through play, as
they practice writing, tracing, cutting, gluing and painting. Each day is a
new adventure full of music, movement, art, discovery and fun!
In our Pre-Kindergarten Classes, children continue to work on their social
and emotional development as they grow. They advance their fine motor
skills as they continue to practice tracing, cutting, painting, gluing and
writing. Their cognitive skills will be challenged as they develop and increase
their readiness skills. Letter recognition will be incorporated in all
we do, as we prepare for kindergarten. This work will revolve around featured
children's literature and seasonal themes. The children will also
work to learn their addresses and phone numbers as the year progresses.
Learning is always “hands on”, as preschoolers learn best by doing. We
utilize all of their senses to make learning meaningful and memorable.
New vocabulary and experiences help them to build upon previous knowledge
as they continue to grow and develop."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"A Typical Day at Our Nursery School
Our day begins with the first big step of saying good-bye to our parents as we
make the transition from home to school. Most class sessions begin with a free
play time where children can choose who and what they want to play with. Play
is a young child's most important work. Social skills are learned as they explore
the world around them. The day is a balance between teacher-directed activities
and individual choice. Children are always busy and actively participate in
the days' events. Typical class activities are outlined for you here. Each class
participates in similar activities; however the specific details will vary from
class to class. Activities will also vary greatly from one age group to another.
Arrival: 2-Year Old Parents walk their children into school. All other classes use
our curb side drop-off to a waiting staff member. Once in the building, children
learn independence by identifying their own hooks, hanging coats, and placing
belongings in the appropriate areas; assistance is provided when necessary.
Free Play: Children can play with any of the toys that are out in the classroom.
Occasionally special activities will take place during this time as the teacher
works with a few children at a time.
Together Time/Circle Time: After cleaning up the toys, the children gather
together on the rug. A song begins this time of teacher directed activities as
various topics are introduced and discussed. Songs, flannel board activities,
books, games and finger plays are often used during this time.
Snack Time: Snack is provided by the Nursery School. Children visit the
bathroom to wash their hands before joining together for a snack and a drink.
A simple prayer is recited before snack begins. We strive for a NUT-FREE
Activity Time: Group activities may include painting, coloring, cutting, gluing
and/or tracing. Cooking and science experiments are often done now.
Learning Centers: Learning Centers allow for small group instruction and are
used to offer a wide variety of experiences and activities to the children.
Outdoor/Indoor Play: Children play outside as they develop their gross motor
skills. During inclement weather we use the classroom or the gym for our gross
motor activities. Fresh air and exercise is an important part of each day!
Story Time: Books are used throughout the day. The books complement the
discussions of the day. Reading aloud is a very important focus of the day.
Music/Movement: A variety of CDs, songs and musical instruments are used as
we explore the world of music through sounds and movements.
Dismissal: 2 year old parents walk to the side door of the classroom to pick-up
their children. All other classes are dismissed to their waiting parents or
guardians by the classroom teachers at curb side."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school