The Millburn Cooperative Nursery School has been serving families from the area for over 40 years. We are excited to enhance our preschool program by adding a bridge program for five year olds located in St. George’s Church at 550 Ridgewood Road, in Maplewood. This program taught by a head teacher and an assistant teacher and does not require parent participation.
The curriculum of Kinderenrichment will naturally follow the philosophy of the Millburn Co-op, where social emotional development is fostered along side the learning of reading, writing, literature, math, science, social studies, art, drama, music and physical activity.
Social studies and science themes such as life cycles in the natural world (ie. Plants, insects, animals, water) engage children’s curiosity and create meaningful opportunities to read, write, count, measure, draw, paint, sing, experiment and solve problems. Instilling a love of the environment and all living things is also integral to our curriculum.
Our students approach new academic concepts in a variety of playful ways. Math, for instance, is taught experientially through interaction with every day objects, as well as specially designed manipulatives (ie. Unit Blocks, Pattern Blocks, Unifix Cubes, Geoboards, etc…) Math concepts are illustrated in books we read, art projects, songs we sing, games we play and stories we make up.
There are so many ways to make learning interactive, hands on, fun and interesting while adhering to the NJ guidelines for Kindergarten.
By the conclusion of our year long program, children will be prepared to enter Kindergarten in the local public schools. Some children may be eligible to enter right into 1st grade depending on their birth dates.
Read more about why a play based curriculum is best for children here . . .
Children are five by January 1st of the year of entry. Our program is a 5s bridge program for children that miss the cutoff or just need one more year in a smaller, more supportive learning environment before entering either Kindergarten or 1st Grade, depending on the child’s birthdate.
Children are invited into a learning environment where their social, intellectual, physical and emotional needs are considered to be an important part of their academic education. Children are encouraged to explore and learn from mistakes without a loss of self-esteem and are guided to gain the social and emotional skills necessary to become and active part of the class. As students get to know each other, a feeling of belonging evolves. We believe that a sense of community and belonging is an important key to academic success.
Normal developmental struggles such as separation, socialization, and frustration are part of the program and are dealt with in a positive manner. Children learn to speak to their classmates and resolve conflict with the support of their teachers.
Our certified head teacher stimulates learning by inspiring a child's spontaneous curiosity with the support of an experienced assistant teacher. Our teachers are readily available to the entire family, offering support and information through informal telephone contact, email, home visits, conferences and written evaluations. At regular parents’ meetings, the teachers report class activities and lead discussions on pertinent topics.
Outside play is an important part of our curriculum. We are lucky to have a designated play space where we can explore the changing seasons. Dressed appropriately, we play outside every day, in rain, snow and sun. The children use the outdoor equipment, search for nature and go on walks throughout the community to further their learning.
The Kinderenrichment program has been the perfect extension of the early education Madeleine received at the co-op. She wakes up everyday excited to go to "her school" and comes home eager to share everything she is learning. We are constantly amazed at her growth and the program that Kinderenrichment offers.