At Smithtown Nursery School, our goal is to meet the needs of the whole child; to plan opportunities
for growth in all developmental areas- social, emotional, intellectual and physical.
Learning Through Play
Children learn through hands on activities, both self-initiated and teacher guided. The classroom environment is of crucial importance. It invites exploration and choice making. The teachers here at Smithtown Nursery School facilitate learning as the children navigate the learning environment by making intentional choices about materials presented, extending children’s vocabularies and by capitalizing on teachable moments.
The curriculum at Smithtown Nursery School is focused on developing higher level thinking skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. Through their active explorations in various thematic units, the children compare, analyze, sort, evaluate, predict, and create. Emphasis is also placed on developing both fine and gross motor skills.
Skills and concepts are taught in meaningful ways leading children to discover their importance and connections to their everyday lives. Letter learning, for example, through activities involving their names, writing in journals, writing letters to friends and family as a part of a postal unit, and number learning by identifying and recalling numbers through the study of the calendar, counting number of children in class, boys vs. girls, etc.
At Smithtown Nursery School, art is processed based. We encourage children to explore and express their creativity through art and the creative process. Less emphasis is placed on the final product.
We also strive to impart an appreciation and respect for the world around us through a nature inspired curriculum. This includes activities such as nature walks, bringing nature back into the classroom (examining leaves, digging in a bucket of dirt to find worms, bringing snow into the water table, planting, using nature in art projects, discussing and reading about seasons) and teaching about conservation and introducing conservation efforts in the classroom.
Culture of Respect Towards Children & Families
For over 55 years, Smithtown Nursery School has developed rich traditions that have sustained our efforts to provide nurturing and developmentally appropriate practices. There is an unqualified respect for what the child can do and is ready to learn. Smithtown Nursery School teachers visit with each child and his or her family at their home prior to the beginning of school. This tradition helps to lay a strong foundation for student teacher relationships and to ease the process of separation. Separation is approached on an individual basis with the goal of making it a natural and stress free process. Parents are encouraged to stay in class if their child is experiencing any separation anxiety. Successful separation occurs as child and parent develop trust in the teachers and the environment.
Families participate and create cherished memories with their child, including the joy of watching your child learn and grow while participating in class and baking a cake with the class to celebrate your child’s birthday. Families are also welcome at parties and gatherings that embody the coop community spirit and create new friendships.
At Smithtown Nursery School, our goal is to meet the needs of the whole child; to plan opportunities for growth in all developmental areas- social, emotional, intellectual and physical.
We are a nonprofit, non-sectarian nursery school open to all regardless of race, creed or national origin.