Bridge & Kindergarten
The Nature’s Nursery Bridge and Kindergarten programs model the New York State Kindergarten Standards that provide the framework for the learning and development of the whole child.
Kindergarten is the gateway into school for children and their families, whether they are coming directly from a home environment or a formal preschool program. It serves to create a caring community of learners, and ensure a sense of belonging, support children’s development and learning, and provide meaningful and integrated learning experiences within the curriculum.
Choose a program that best meets your child’s needs
For children who do not meet the Kindergarten age requirement or who may need additional preparation, we offer a Bridge Program that builds on the foundational knowledge gained at the preschool level and ensures academic and social-emotional readiness.
For children ready for the complete School-Age experience, our Kindergarten provides a small setting for big learning! Following New York State Kindergarten curriculum standards, our program is enhanced by Green Chimneys’ renowned nature-based programming and increased outdoor activities that offer unique experiential learning opportunities. Small class size enables individualized instruction and support for each student.
Our teaching staff accomplishes the delivery of our Bridge and Kindergarten curriculum goals through academic instruction utilizing play and active engagement of the students within our rich and well-designed learning environment. Evaluations and functioning assessments are ongoing and enable teaching staff to set classroom and individual goals, develop lesson plans, and track progress.
Bridge and Kindergarten curricula focus on these critical areas for early School-Age learners:
- Approach to Learning: Active involvement in learning and acquiring knowledge
- Physical Development and Health: Physical health and the ability to engage in daily activities
- Social and Emotional Development: Emotional intelligence and the ability to form positive relationships in the home, at school, and in the larger community
- Communication, Language and Literacy: Build comprehension and phonetic awareness and understanding coupled with the ability to create and communicate meaning
- Cognition and Knowledge of the World: Ability to learn and understand about their world and apply what they know in math, science, social studies, the arts and technology
Age-appropriate activities that bring learning and skill-building to life:
- Songs and Rhymes
- Story Time
- Show and Tell
- Reading and Math Readiness
- Farm and Wildlife Experiences
- Arts & Crafts
- Physical Education
- Nature Exploration
- Indoor/Outdoor Play Time
- Group Games
- Community Service Projects
- Field Trips