Seahorse Nursery

Seahorse Nursery

Creative play, puppet storytelling, circle time, practical and artistic activities balance free, creative expression of your child within this sweet, gentle, first group experience. We work with natural materials for a true education of the senses, in a warm home-like setting.

Rhythms of the day, week and seasons help your child gain a secure relationship to the world. This helps children during transitions and with what is perhaps their first consistent separation from home.

Each day has a dependable structure with outdoor and creative play, baking or cooking, gardening, painting, drawing and beeswax modeling, nature activities, circle time, a wholesome snack,  storytelling and puppetry.  

Each day will become known to the children, not by the day of the week, which carries little meaning to them, but by the activities that are done that day, such as “bread day” or “painting day”.

Patience and attentive support is provided during transitions such as hand washing, taking shoes off or putting them on, and preparing for snack time. This supports each individual child’s development and fosters eventual independence.

Young children in our Nursery program are typically 3 to 4 years old.

A typical day in the Seahorse Nursery class goes as follows:

8:15 – 8:30 : Children arrive at the play garden

8:40 : Gate closes for circle time

8:40 – 9:00 : Circle time

9:00 – 9:45 : Outside free play and food preparation at picnic tables (cutting fruit and vegetables; making bread)

9:45 – 10:00: Tidy time

10:00 -10:15: Bathroom turn and washing hands

10:15 -10:45: Share meal at snack tables

10:45 -10:55: Clean up the tables

10:55 -11:15: Activity of the day / Projects

11:15 -11:50: Free play

11:50 -12:00: Tidy time

12:00 -12:10: Puppet-play / Story-time

12:10 -12:15: Good-bye circle

12:15 -12:30: Children get ready to go home

For students staying for the Little Siesta rest time:

12:30 -1:00 Lunch Time

1:00 – 2:00 Rest time

2:00 – 2:15  Bathroom turn

2:15 – 2:30 Pick up