We continue the social and academic skills introduced in the Young 3's Program. For new students, we strive to make the child's first school experience a positive and enjoyable one while creating a safe place for learning and making friends. Socialization is particularly stressed, including instilling the values of friendship, sharing, and kindness.
Through arts and crafts and using examples from the environment around us, we emphasize letter and number recognition along with shapes and colors. Every day at circle time we go around the room to each child and identify colors on their clothing and look around the room to identify shapes. The seasons and the calendar are discussed, including days of the week, months, year.
Children also learn a new set of songs each month to celebrate the holidays and the seasons. Along with the songs, children enthusiastically use finger play and hand motions to incorporate large motor skills into the fun. Large motor skills are developed through playing at the playground, climbing through tunnels, and playing with the parachute, obstacle course, and scooters.
We provide children with a loving and nurturing atmosphere that fosters social skills of respect, manners, and friendliness. In this caring social foundation, the children eagerly learn life and academic skills. They'll also learn their phone numbers and addresses and how to write their names, alphabet, and numbers. We focus on learning through play, promoting imagination and creativity balanced with structure.
Lunch Bunch Program
The East Hanover Cooperative Nursery School is now offering a Lunch Bunch program in addition to the existing 3’s class. The teacher is Jennifer Knapp. Jennifer earned her Associate’s degree from Essex County College in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in General Humanities from Montclair State University. Previously, Jennifer has been working as a Substitute Teacher and as an Enrichment Teacher in local school systems.
Lunch Bunch Program