Children are actively engaged in the learning process. The curriculum integrates the needs, interest, and learning of the whole child with a variety of multi-sensory activities which are guided by key experiences in language, literacy, mathematics and science, social-emotional development & physical development & the creative arts.
Children make choices, carry out plans and recall learning in a supportive environment that promotes initiative and independence. Throughout the day, children participate in individual, small and large group activities. We offer a balanced curriculum: quiet and active; academic and social; indoors and outdoors. The addition of our music specialist brings the great learning potential of music to all of children in their classroom.
Our teachers look forward to working with families on furthering each child’s development. We want all children:
- to become competent in the care and management of their bodies acquiring both large and small muscle skills.
- to become competent in social interaction with both adults and children: functioning successfully as part of a group, learning mutual respect and cooperation
- to become competent in developing relationships of trust, independence, initiative and self-esteem.
- to become competent in thinking for themselves, reasoning, generating ideas, approaching new intellectual challenges and using language effectively.
- to become competent in representing ideas and dealings through pretend play, drama, creative movement, music, art and construction: demonstrating creativity and imagination.
To achieve these goals, we follow the organized scope and sequence of the High/Scope Curriculum. The content of learning is guided by key developmental indicators (KDIs). The High/Scope curriculum components and assessment (Child Observation Record) have been aligned with NAEYC criteria (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and NJ Core Curriculum Standards, and the NJ Preschool Teaching & Learning Expectations Standards of Quality.
Our observation-based assessments (Child Observation Record, COR) are conducted in the classroom producing results that are valid, reliable and meaningful. The teachers observe what children do in self-initiated activities as well as planned teacher activities. After an initial screening, teachers monitor each child’s progress throughout the year and provide activities to expand on skills already acquired based on many observation (anecdotes). A Scoring Guide enables our teachers to score a child’s anecdotes accurately, using an objective eight-level scoring scale that allows teachers to pinpoint the developmental changes measured by each COR item.
Infants & Toddlers
The first three years of life are extraordinarily important for cognitive and emotional development and for language acquisition. Babies and toddlers need an environment in which they receive nurturing, responsive care and sensitive language interactions from adults who know them well and who provide a safe, healthy world for them to explore.
THE INFANT PROGRAM (non-mobile) is designed to stimulate and nurture within a carefully prepared physical environment that focuses on trust, happiness, safety, sanitation and the continuity of care. Most of their learning involves developing senses and motor skills. Touch reassures infants that they are safe and not alone. An infant needs lots of holding, snuggling, touching and patting that provides trust and security. Movement is essential to development. The infant’s awake time is spent on the floor with a responsive teacher encouraging reaching, grasping, holding and learning to move in many ways. Babies are sensitive to tones and feelings expressed through the language of the adults who care for them. The give-and- take of language interactions from the teachers who know them well connects babies to the world while providing a consistent routine that creates a warm, reassuring setting, yet flexible enough to respond to individual needs, interests, and strengths.
TODDLERS (mobile) are developing a sense of autonomy. They organize the world according to their own logic. They need to be able to see, touch, feel, smell, move and taste the world as they actively explore. Teachers support the individuality of each child by giving choices, asking questions and introducing each child to social guidelines while providing safe boundaries. Teachers provide more encouragement than direction, more exploration than restriction to support the developing sense of self. Teachers talk, play, and work alongside children observing development, identifying strengths and interests. Most group activities for toddlers happen spontaneously, a teachable moment, when children come together on their own.
A primary caregiver system ensures that every child has a special person and that person becomes an expert on the child, an advocate, and a coordinator of the child and parent experience. Primary does not mean exclusive. Other staff develop a warm relationship with the child and have learning interactions and routine care experiences such as diapering / toileting, or mealtime experiences.
Teachers are guided by High Scope’s Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) which form the curriculum content for infants and toddlers. The KDIs provide a composite picture of what very young children do and what knowledge and abilities emerge from their actions. Learning becomes visible through regular observing, documenting and displaying of the efforts of individual children.
Parents are welcomed as the expert on their child and as partners in sharing their child’s emerging interests, needs, and strengths. Parents are encouraged to contribute, make suggestions, and have influence over their child’s care. Infant and toddler programs are offered in school day (9-3) and full day schedules (up to 9 hours), along with a tenth-hour option.
TERRIFIC TWOS are mobile, autonomous, social, verbal, with constant urges to test and experiment. They construct knowledge through interactions with materials, people, events and ideas. A new phase of cognitive growth is developing in which mental representations of the real world are developing through their play. Teachers expand sensory exploration into a more complex meaningful experience with textures, colors, sounds, weight, uses and other qualities. The teacher supports children’s learning with their interactions, interventions and language. Every experience is a learning experience including routine mealtimes, diapering, toileting and washing up. The teacher serves as facilitator for High Scope’s key developmental indicators which forms the basis for active learning. School day (9-3) and full day schedules (up to 9 hours) are available, along with an optional tenth hour.
*Also offered for older two-year-olds as the Transitional Twos classroom, with the same school day, full day, and extended day programs available.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM encourages learning by doing. Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of the High Scope curriculum integrating the needs, interests and learning of the whole child with multi-sensory activities which are guided by Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs). Teachers arrange the physical environment to promote exploration and cooperative play. Our skilled staff plan activities that balance between active and quiet, indoor and outdoor, group and individual. Play and developmentally appropriate activities are designed to stimulate and sustain emerging skills. Teachers support and extend children’s learning by adding materials that reflect their current interests and home culture. Teachers further support social development by helping children learn how to resolve interpersonal conflicts. Teachers individualize for the variations in development that occur in children’s learning. The Key Developmental Indicators for understanding and supporting children’s learning includes: Approaches to learning, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Health, Language, Literacy and Communication, Mathematics, Creative Arts, Science and Technology and Social Studies.
This classroom engages children age 3 and 4. Children must be 3 by October 1st and be potty-trained. Half day (2 ½ hours), school day (9-3), full day (up to 9 hours) or extended day (up to 10 hours) programs available.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN expands on age-appropriate skills, concepts and content for ages four and five. Children make plans, follow through on their intentions and recall learning in a supportive environment that promotes initiative, independence and play. Throughout the day children participate in individual, small group and large group activities. Teachers balance activities between active and quiet, social and academic, indoors and outdoors. An emphasis on literacy development includes: recognizing letters, letter-sound relationships, rhyme and alliteration awareness, approaches to writing and math concepts that explore number, operations, prediction, measurement, patterns, geometry and graphs. Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs) form the curriculum content that defines the knowledge children are acquiring. Teachers document and keep parents informed about each child’s development by creating portfolios that highlight and evaluate the child’s work and play.
This classroom engages children age 4 and 5. Children must be 4 by October 1st & Potty-Trained to enroll in a Pre-Kindergarten Classroom. Half day (2 ½ hours), school day (9-3), full day (up to 9 hours) and extended day (up to 10 hours) programs available.
Music at Beachwood Nursery School
With our music program, your child’s music education will go far beyond singing in the classroom. Our teachers lead classes full of creative, research-based music and movement activities. Your child’s teachers use music throughout the day, to support other subjects, to ease transitions, and at playtime. From jamming with friends at circle time, to a ritual song to start the day, to using a nature song as part of a science lesson, music becomes a seamless part of classroom life.
Benefits for your child:
When music is a part of your child’s everyday life, the benefits are immeasurable. Music develops the child’s mind, body, and spirit simultaneously. The simple pleasures of singing, dancing and playing instruments with others engages children and can help them participate more fully in school.
In addition to the intrinsic benefits of music-making, the music program supports your child’s growth in many important developmental areas.
- Music development: Singing in tune and moving in time, ensemble skills, exposure to diverse musical styles, readiness for future music lesson (if desired)
- Language development: active listening, pre-literacy skills, vocabulary
- Social-emotional development: self-confidence, self-regulation, leadership skills
- Cognitive development: emerging math skills, executive function, understanding cause and effect
- Physical development: gross and fine motor skills, coordination, spatial awareness
- Approaches to learning: motivation to try new things, imagination and creativity
Visit the Registration Page to learn more about registering for the current and upcoming school year, and for summer program registration.
Part-day, School-day and Full-day Summer Camp Programs
for Infants (Starting at 8 Weeks) through Graduating Kindergarteners
2021 Summer dates will be available in early 2021
7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Get ready for fun this summer in Beachwood Nursery School’s summer camp programs. We offer caring, supportive teachers who also teach our regular school-year program, and provide a wide variety of engaging activities: Learning through play, learning centers, outdoor play, story time, sensory play and play dough, music and movement, splash days, open-ended art experiences and more. Caring teachers and small class sizes encourage children to build friendships, independent skills and creativity while having fun in a safe, clean environment.
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PART-DAY, FULL-DAY or EXTENDED-DAY SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Summer program options include a 8:45 am-12:15 pm “Part-day” schedule (for Preschool through Kindergarten), a 8:45 am-3:00 pm “School-day” schedule, or a 9-hour “Full-day” schedule–up to 9 hours inside 7:30 am start and 4:30 pm close–in a minimum of three 1-week sessions.
Choose any three weeks to enroll for summer. Camp hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, depending on which schedule you choose, Monday to Friday.
- Summer Hours: 7:30 am-4:30 pm.
- Must register for a minimum of 2 days per week for 3 weeks for the Summer Program.
- Summer Tuition: 2 payments are due 7/1 and 7/31. *Note: There are no tuition credits given for absences, vacation or illness.
- Summer Registration Fee: $50 and an additional child’s fee is $45. Registration fees are non-refundable.
To register, please print out and complete Summer Program Registration Forms and submit with registration payment and optional tuition deposit, which may be paid at registration or is due by 7/1.
Summer Themes for classroom and outdoor activities focus on Jersey Shore Living such as the beach and river, Fireworks on the Toms River, Boardwalk Games etc. Morning activities include Musical Mondays, cooking on Tinkering Tuesdays, Workout Wednesdays, Tasty Thursdays, and Fantastic Fridays. Afternoon Activities include working on our school garden, Board Games, Paintings, Arts and Crafts, classroom & playground scavenger hunts.
- Musical Mondays: Music, Movement, Socializing, Fun! Children will explore rhythm improvisation, singing, dance and dramatic play. Activities include body percussion on our hands, heads, bellies and knees, or using instruments like shakers, drums, scarves and more.
- Tinkering Tuesdays: Children will invent, experiment and build during these weekly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) experiences, including experiments with LEGO Simple Machine Kits and working on intricate art processes.
- Workout Wednesdays: Yoga movement class, Junior boot camp fitness and more each week in our downstairs “fitness studio” (the All Purpose Room).
- Tasty Thursday: The teachers will provide experiences for the children with cooking and food preparation, and then get to enjoy eating what they make in class!
- Fantastic Fridays: Everyone’s favorite…Splash Day. Every Friday send your child in a bathing suit, water shoes & beach towel so they can enjoy splashing around on our playground. We set up sprinklers, hoses, water balloons and more to make Fridays wet and fun. Please send in spare clothes and shoes so children can change.
Summer 2021 Brochure & Registration Forms
Details and registration information about the Summer 2021 program will be available in early 2021.