The Nest, Evergreen Country Day School's Early Childhood Program, is committed to cultivating character and inspiring the imagination of the child through limitless learning in a safe and loving environment. We recognize the importance of learning through play and facilitate both child-directed activities as well as teacher-directed instruction. To enhance opportunities to problem solve and collaborate, we emphasize process-oriented learning, promote freedom to take risks, and challenge our children to discover and learn.
The Nest at Evergreen Country Day School is for our students who are age 2 to 5 years old. Students may begin when they are 2 years old in our Nursery class. When the children are three years old and potty-trained, they begin our Preschool program. From there, they continue on to PreKindergarten. See class descriptions, below.
Our Program Options Include:
Morning Exploring (8:30 am - 12:30 pm)
Our mornings at The Nest are filled with active learning. The children are presented with a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials and experiences. We encourage each child to expand their development both individually and as a member of a group. Students also enjoy exploring in our early childhood Science and Discovery Center.
Within our curriculum, each month has a fun and engaging theme. Students develop their skills in phonics/pre-reading, pre-writing, math and science all based upon the themes for the month Creativity is encouraged through many hands-on projects. We understand the value of learning through play!
Morning Special Classes
Our morning specials classes include art, library and music. All students participate in these classes along with their regular classroom time. Students are sure to enjoy a book in our comfortable Nest library, complete with an interactive Smart Table!
Full-Day Adventures with Afternoon Enrichment (8:30 am - 3:00 pm)
Following naptime, our students soar into our Afternoon Enrichment Program. Exciting class options are available each trimester. Some of these exciting classes have included: Little Chefs, Kids Yoga, Fledglings Science Study, Math Magic and Music and Movement.
Our students leave The Nest for fun-filled field trips. We explore and learn from the world around us.
Beyond the Nest
The experiences provided for your children while at The Nest set the foundation for future learning in our Evergreen Country Day School elementary and middle school programs.
Our Nest students are paired with their Country Day elementary and middle school "reading and science buddies" to read and share other learning opportunities.
Our Pre-K students also join the elementary and middle school classes for the all-school Town Meeting on the first Wednesday of the month. Early Childhood students take the stage to share songs and poems, laying the foundation for future public speaking.
In addition, our Nest students participate in many cultural and special events offered to the entire school.