Our classes focus on social development and learning through play. Each year’s class builds on the previous year’s program in curriculum experiences and activities offered. The classrooms are set up to invite exploration and foster a lifelong love of learning. Our staff is deeply committed to the young child and the importance of early childhood education.

Fours/Young Fives: The intent of this class is to further support the development of social awareness, emotional intelligence, and Kindergarten readiness skills. Critical thinking, science, sequencing, sorting and classification, matching, number values, phonemic awareness, problem solving, storytelling and following multi-step directions are all incorporated in our curriculum. Children develop their gross and fine motor skills while working in large and small groups. Through play and collaborative group work, children come to appreciate the value of cooperation and contribution. The children are encouraged to take risks, helping them discover how the process of learning is often more valuable than the outcome. Mastering appropriate academic skills and fostering social emotional growth are the cornerstones of this program.

The Sun Bear class is the afternoon session for 4- and 5-year old children. Classroom activities build on previous learning experiences, and children’s interests help drive projects and collaborative play. Teachers support each child’s readiness for kindergarten across all academic, social and emotional areas.

Announcements and Newsletters

Big Bear/Sun Bear Welcome Letter (School Year 2022 – 2023)

Sun Bear Newsletters: Week of September 19, 2022; Week of October 30, 2022

Sun Bear Photos and Videos, 2022 – 2023

Watch the Sun Bears grow!

Classroom Goals

The nursery school ensures that our school environment is safe, healthy and conducive to children’s exploration and independence. Our teachers encourage students to:

  • Feel comfortable and secure, developing the understanding that learning is fun.
  • Respect themselves and others, focusing on promoting kindness, empathy and cooperation.
  • Use their natural wonder and curiosity to explore and make connections to the world around them.
  • Think and act more independently.
  • Feel successful about their accomplishments, big or small.
  • Grow socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.

Class Schedule

12:30 p.m.1/2 Day Children: Arrival, Read Aloud; Full-day: Continued Rest, Quiet Reading
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.Outdoor play
1:50 – 2:15 p.m.Transition to Indoors, Snack, Circle, Introduction to Centers
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.Free choice (Centers)
2:45 – 3:10 p.m.Clean-up, Final Circle, 100 Day Count, Songs
3:10 – 3:15 pm Wrap-up and Dismissal


Colleen Corbett

AB English, Minor in Spanish, MAEd Counseling

Katie Loynd

BS Elementary Education, MAEd Teaching, Early Childhood Education