Commitment to Quality
Our School is a high-quality program
committed to providing the best possible learning environment. Our classrooms are set up into learning
centers giving each child the opportunity to explore what interests him or her
most and to work where he or she feels most comfortable.
School is run on kid power
We, at Our
School Nursery School, offer a balance of routine, child initiated, and
meaningful planned activities; large and small group activities; and gross and
fine motor activities, all which are developmentally appropriate and capitalize
on the children’s interest in a safe, peaceful learning environment. We believe that this balance will produce
efficient and effective learning.
children will learn and grow at their own pace through our developmentally
appropriate curriculum. We want our
children to know that they are special individuals and to understand the
meaning of cooperation, compassion and fairness. We want them to learn to be independent. The children learn through books, a variety
of art media, gross motor activities, field trips, cooking activities, music,
and of course play.
It is very important to respect a child’s stage of development and
use guidance to teach young children appropriate behaviors. We accept children as individuals and have
age appropriate expectations. We work to
help children identify appropriate and inappropriate behavior; learn
appropriate problem solving strategies; develop impulse control, empathy, and
self-esteem; and learn acceptance of self and others. Children are learning what behaviors are
appropriate and we believe it is our job to guide them to make good decisions
about what to do or not to do.
As with all children at Our School, including children with
disabilities, we have the ability to design and implement activities which are
developmentally appropriate for each child.
We welcome other services and support to assist us making modifications
to the environment, materials, curriculum and teaching approaches.
Our School Nursery School is owned and directed by Jill Larson since 1988.
Below is a little more about her:
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a major in Early Childhood Education.
- Over 35 years of teaching experience and continues her education through classes and workshops.
- Developed and directs The Gathering Place - Adult Social Day Center since it was licensed in October 2008.
- York Citizen of the year 2014.
Our entire staff is committed to offering the best eduction possible for the children. They each have teaching experiences and take more than 18 hours of continuing education on topics related to early childhood every year.
The Director has completed the 30 hour course on The Maine Learning Guidelines for Early Childhood Education. We follow these guidelines when planning our curriculum, which assists us in preparing the children for Kindergarten.
As a result of our quality program and caring staff, most of our students are from repeat families and referrals from other parents.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best preschool in the area.
Landmark Hill Square
518 US Route One
Kittery, ME 30909
Class Hours for 2017 - 2018 school year :
Bears: 2.5-3 years old - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-12:00
Butterflies: 3-4 years old -Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:45-11:45
Rainbow Fish: 4-5 years old - Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30-11:30
The children have an opportunity to participate our After School Adventure Club:
Mondays - Literature and Art Enrichment Program - the teacher will be reading stories
and/or poetry to the children and they will do an art, cooking or science
activity to go along with the story or poem.
This is another FUN way to prepare our children for kindergarten. We
will end at 2:30.
Wednesdays - Gym Heroes Sports Program including basketball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf & more. Miss Michelle, owner of Gym Heroes, also teaches good sportsmanship, rules of each sport, and many games and songs. We will end at 2:30.