The Nursery Division is a language-rich learning environment that supports and stimulates children while helping them to develop the skills needed for academic success. A typical day includes hands-on experience with a broad range of materials, group times that help children to develop communication and social skills, and many opportunities to exercise independent thinking and problem solving. In addition, physical education, music, science and chess, all taught by specialists, language arts enrichment and computers round out the ND program.
The ND includes three age groups: 3's, 4's and kindergarten. The program supports growth in self-confidence and competence; children become active learners and effective problem solvers. The 3's program focuses on devloping language and social skills. The 4's focus on teaching and reinforcing group skillsand the development of expressive language. An emphasis on readiness skills for academic learning makes kindergarten a transitional year to the Lower Division.
The ND curriculum has a core of themes or topics that provide a starting point for curriculum development. Many projects, investigations and discoveries arise from these topics and often lead to other topics of special interest to the children in the classroom.