Education at Nurture n’ Nature
A Perfect Fit
At Nurture n’ Nature we believe it is important to involve our families in their child’s education. The early years are the most critical and impressionable time in a child’s life. It is important to ensure the experiences during this time have a positive lasting impression on both the child and family.
Rather than create “homemade” lesson plans, Nurture n’ Nature has chosen to purchase a pre-school curriculum for our 3 and 4 year old classes that will be modified to fit our younger classes as well. The Exceed Preschool Curriculums are three and four year old theme-based programs allowing children opportunities to explore in developmentally appropriate environments. Both the three and four year old programs provide detailed, pre-written lesson plans with defined skills in scope and sequence. Children experience large and small group situations along with individual assistance while exploring the areas of Language, Math, Science, Culture, Music and Art. On a daily basis, youngsters participate in the focus areas and circle time activities, and explore designated locations in the classroom
known as "centers" to the preschooler. Socialization is encouraged throughout the daily activities as an integral part of the preschool experience.
Each week's Exceed lesson plan includes a Staff Memo providing teachers an opportunity to review skills, activities, suggestions, and additional supplies needed. At the beginning of each month, an Observation Checklist including age-appropriate skills from the developmental areas of language/literacy, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, self-help, and socialization may be used as a guideline for observing children's progress during the month.
During the summer, the Exceed program for three year olds is a half-day program that takes the children on imaginary vacations both to the beach and the mountains. A review of all skills, including the letters, colors, and shapes that were introduced from September through May are included during the summer months.
Exceed for four year olds is also a half-day program that takes children on a pretend trip around the world visiting 12 different regions. Youngsters will have an opportunity to experience and appreciate other lifestyles in the world along with their own. A review of all concepts and skills presented from September through May are included during the summer months. Additionally, a Writing Focus will be introduced providing children with readiness handwriting experiences to better prepare them for kindergarten.
The Exceed program provides daily guidance to both the experienced and beginner preschool teachers. Through weekly Staff Memos, Helping Hand Hints, suggestions, and daily detailed lesson plans, children are given
consistency throughout the day even if teachers are called away unexpectedly or illness prevents them from coming to class. Through detailed lesson plans, one can easily assess a child's progress at any time during the day and implement the remaining activities in the schedule.