Christ Church Nursery School
30 East Lane Short Hills, NJ 07078
"Helping children embrace learning with curiosity, enthusiasm and confidence!"
At Christ Church Nursery School, the learning never ends! Exploring the world of learning, we begin the preschool journey by giving children the opportunity to increase their independence, language and social skills with learning experiences revolving around children’s literature. We bring music, movement, art, math and science together using songs, experiments, cooking activities and art projects. As the children grow and advance in their skill levels, we continue to work to develop school readiness skills. Understanding the way young children learn best, we use play and hands-on experiences to make learning fun and meaningful.
Understanding child development, we aim to exceed all of the NJ State Teaching and Learning Standards for Preschoolers as we build on and expand children’s learning experiences and school readiness skills.
In our Young Learners 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 students learn how to work in a group, follow directions, take turns, and communicate their needs. Through play and interaction with teachers, we encourage pre-literacy skills (through stories and songs), math skills (such as one-to-one correspondence and comparisons), fine motor skills (through drawing, painting and manipulatives), gross motor skills (on the playground, gym and stair walking) and sensory exploration (with paint, sand, shaving cream, etc.)
As children progress to our Preschool Classes, we continue to reinforce and build upon previously learned skills. We also work to help children visually recognize and write their names. Our activities offer them ample time to learn through play, as they practice writing, tracing, cutting, gluing and painting. Letter and number recognition is formally introduced this year. 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. We encourage creativity and assist children in developing their problem solving skills. 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 and number recognition is 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 children’s 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.
YOUNG LEARNERS CLASSES FOR 2's
Age: 2 by October 1st
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00a - 11:30a
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00a - 11:30a
Monday through Friday 9:00a - 11:45a
PRESCHOOL CLASSES FOR 3’s
Age: 3 by October 1st
Monday - Thursday 9:00a - 12:00p
Monday - Friday 9:00a - 12:00p
Monday - Friday 9:00a - 1:00p
Monday - Thursday 9:00a - 2:30p and
Friday 9:00a - 12:00p
PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASSES FOR 4’s
Age: 4 by October 1st
Monday - Friday 8:45a - 12:45p
Monday - Thursday 8:45a - 2:15p and
Friday 8:45a - 11:45p
Monday - Friday 8:45a - 2:15p
Age: 5 by April 1st
Monday - Friday 8:45a - 2:15p
In our 5+ Class this final year of preschool is ideal for children who benefit from additional time before entering formal Kindergarten. The class offers additional reinforcement of school readiness skills. Learning center activities are offered to the children to assist them in further increasing their attention span, reinforcing cognitive skills, and introducing new concepts. An ample amount of time is spent perfecting fine motor skills through writing and creative art activities. We continue to build the children’s confidence and knowledge base, providing them with more learning opportunities to challenge them. Classroom time is balanced between free play, self expression and academic work. Of course, children also continue to work on their social and emotional development as they grow and mature. We encourage creativity and assist children in developing their problem solving skills. They make constant use of their fine motor skills as they trace, cut, paint, glue and write. The children will also review their addresses and phone numbers. Learning is always hands-on.