"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood". Fred Rogers
Hanover Nursery School (HNS) welcomes three, four, and five year old children. HNS provides a safe, caring environment away from home where children can learn and grow. Students are challenged to explore the world around them , as our belief is that young children learn best in a hands-on environment. Our small class sizes enable our teachers to recognize each child as an exceptional and creative individual. Activities foster listening, language development, cooperation, fine and gross motor skills. A healthy dose of running, skipping, jumping, and dancing keep them active too!
HNS has a program to fit your child's needs. Through independent exploration, structured group activities, and hands-on learning. HNS students will develop literacy, math, science, and social skills. For the three-year-old class there is 4 day program. The four-year-old class is a 5 day program with the option to add on the extended day program Monday through Thursday until 2:30. Please see program offerings and daily schedules below for more information.
3-Year-Old "EXPLORER" Program
Our three-year-old curriculum incorporates age appropriate activities that are both educational and fun. Skills such as cutting, pencil grip, letter, number, color, and shape recognition, along with trying new things are learned through cooking in our kitchen, tending our garden, and exploring nature and the world around us. There are 12 spots available for this program. If all goes well with COVID guidelines, we hope to offer a Lunch Bunch option that will run until 12:30 starting in September. *If this isn't possible at the start of school, then we will offer it starting in January.
Our older learners enjoy a more challenging curriculum that incorporates math, science, social studies, and literacy. They are asked to take more responsibility for themselves, and in return they are given more opportunity to impact the direction of learning. Additionally, the second half of the year is devoted to "World Travels". This allows them to try new foods, hear other languages, study maps, along with recognizing and and celebrating similarities and differences between cultures and landscapes. There are 16 spots available for this program.
We will offer an optional extended program Monday-Thursday only. This is a wonderful program designed to help prepare children for a longer school day. The children will have special themed curriculum activities during this time. It runs for an extra 2.5 hours, after the rest of the class has been dismissed.
Lunch Bunch Program
***New for 2021-2022
Our very popular lunch program is now part of your Pre-K child's regular day. Children bring their own lunches to eat and enjoy while socializing with friends and teachers. Our younger Explorers group will have the option to have Lunch Bunch as an "add-on". This will be for the year, and will be added to your tuition. All children, in both classes will have about 1/2 hour to eat their lunch after spending lots of time playing outdoors.