Tompkins Hall Nursery School
Our nursery school has been part of the Columbia community since the 1930s. Blocks form the basis of play, as children create structures and scenarios evolving from their own experiences. Reflecting the seasonal changes, our curriculum evolves in art, music, science, and cooking as influenced by the changing environment.
Ours is a highly social and interactive community supporting children's spontaneous friendships as well as their personal explorations with materials. As a parent co-operative, a parent may elect to work in our school one half day a week for reduced tuition. All our nursery families are invited to participate in the classroom by contributing a morning's activity based on a family tradition or holiday.
2 years, 9 months to 5 years
You may register for one of three pickup times for your three-year-old child, or one of two times for your four-year-old child on Monday through Thursday. All children are dismissed at 12:30 on Friday.
|Monday – Thursday||Friday|
|Morning||8:30 – 12:30 (3s)||8:30 – 12:30 (3s and 4s)|
|Full day||8:30 – 2:30 (3s and 4s)|
|Extended day||8:30 – 5:30 (3s and 4s)|
Nursery Daily Schedule
|8:30 – 8:50||Early drop-off|
|9:00 – 10:15||Roof play, gardening|
|10:15 – 10:30||Snack — eight children at a time join a parent in the kitchen for snack (crackers, rice cakes, bread sticks, pretzels) and apple juice. One day a week a special food the children have helped prepare is served.|
|10:30 – 11:15||Children move freely from room to room, choosing from a variety of materials. They may:
|11:25 – 11:45||Music and movement|
|11:50 – 12:15||Lunch|
|12:20 – 12:30||Puzzles, group story, dismissal of half-day three-year-olds|
|12:40 – 1:15||Quiet time (music tapes, story tapes, looking at books)||Quiet time (job chart, music tapes, book tapes, looking at books)|
|1:20 – 1:30||Group meeting||Group meeting|
|1:30 – 2:15||Play time with a variety of materials: blocks, art materials, imaginative play, sand, and water||Daily group experience. May be
|2:15||Clean-up, music, story||Clean-up, end meeting
|2:30||Dismissal of 4-year-olds and full-day 3-year-olds|
|2:30 – 5:30||Extended day program for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds: individualized activities, trips to store/park, food preparation and snack, music time, story time, dismissal|