Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School
Nov 25

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The staff, parents and children at this wonderful community called a Nursery School!

It is more than just a place for children to come and learn. We’re a family.

Check out our image gallery for a quick look at some of the things we’ve been doing!

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Oct 24

We had a wonderful Open House today. It’s very exciting to hear that parents come to look at our school because it’s been highly recommended!

Today was especially thrilling for me since I got to meet several Early Childhood teachers who’ve heard about our program, believe in our philosophy and want the same thing for their children! It reminds me of “way back when” I was looking for a school for my now freshman in college, and was pregnant with my now freshman in high school! I visited RHCNS, met the teacher, and said, “This is my dream job! I LOVE this school!”

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Oct 24
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Oct 24

We had a wonderful Open House today. It’s very exciting to hear that parents come to look at our school because it’s been highly recommended!

Today was especially thrilling for me since I got to meet several Early Childhood teachers who’ve heard about our program, believe in our philosophy and want the same thing for their children! It reminds me of “way back when” I was looking for a school for my now freshman in college, and was pregnant with my now freshman in high school! I visited RHCNS, met the teacher, and said, “This is my dream job! I LOVE this school!”

It’s good to hear the feedback… people love the “homey” feel of the classroom, the family atmosphere, our philosophy.

I’ve you’re interested in enrolling your child in our school for the fall, we encourage you to call the school and set up an appointment to come into class with your child and spend a morning with us. This way you can see first hand what we do and if we’re a good fit with your family!

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Oct 06

YARD / BAKE SALE – Saturday, October 17th (8am to 4pm)

We will be holding our fall Yard/Bake Sale at the First Reformed Church in Rocky Hill (located at 89 Washington Street). We will be inside this year, so come join us rain or shine!

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, October 24th (10am to 12pm)
If you would like to learn more about our program, stop in during our open house and see what we’re like. It’s the best way to see if we’re a good fit for you and your family!

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Oct 04

OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, February 6th (10am to 12pm)

If you would like to learn more about our program, stop in during our open house and see our classroom and meet the staff. It’s the first step to see if we’re a good fit for you and your family!

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Sep 07

It’s almost time for that magical time of year… the first day of school! The classroom is being arranged, cleaned and ready. Name tags are being prepared. By tomorrow, the fish tank will be ready to go, with brand new baby goldfish from my pond!

I do have other “critters” waiting in the wings… we’re looking forward to many opportunities for our children to imagine, create and explore!

Parents, don’t forget our meeting on Wednesday! See you then!

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May 24

There are moments that I feel absolutely privileged to be a teacher. There are golden moments: when I get to witness the light in a child’s eyes when she realizes she can read or pump on a swing; or I overhear him say kind words to another person. Lately I’ve been lucky to have many such moments!

One of our new adventures this year has been visiting the senior citizens at Stonebridge at Montgomery. Having the preschoolers, seniors and parents together has been pure magic!
When I told the “threes” that we’d be going again, one little boy pumped his fist in the air and said, “YES! I LOVE that place!”

I had tears in my eyes the other day, as my shyest, quietest, youngest ones approached their “grandfriends” and offered them a turn at bowling. At one point, one of our grandfriends forgot they’d had a turn, and seemed confused. One child said, “Don’t worry, just take this ball, and roll it that way.” I was so proud!

One little guy even stood up in front of everyone and sang a song he’d made up!

Other highlights and memorable quotes:
Mrs. Yinden, are worms amphibians?- 3 year-old
Mrs. Linden! You should read this book; it’s about metamorphosis! 4 year-old
While watching a video clip of a dragonfly metamorphosing from a nymph: “Metamorphosis! Just like butterflies and amphibians!” 4 year-old

I was asked the worm question by a three- year-old on the playground. He’d found yet another worm, and was obviously still excited about the morning’s lesson.

No, worms are not amphibians, but their skin is very similar to salamanders, isn’t it? I told him I wasn’t sure exactly what “family” it belonged to, but I know it’s an invertebrate. We talked about backbones, and that we were vertebrates, but I’d need to research a worm’s classification.

I’ve had several people laugh at my “Precipitation” and “Metamorphosis” songs, asking me, “Why does a three-year-old need to know THAT?”

Why not? We encourage playing with toys, letters, number, why not the spoken word? When the child is ready to read and comes across them as written words, they will be familiar friends.

One of their favorite games now is when we take animal puppets and photos and classify them, asking, “Is it a fish?” “Is it a bird?” “Is it a reptile?” “Is it an amphibian?” “Is it a mammal?”

I LOVE the variations of articulation, especially “fibbians” and “reptangles.”

The children are thoroughly mesmerized by our butterflies and tadpoles!

We visited the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association’s Buttinger Nature Center last week.
When I told them that we would be able to release our butterflies in the butterfly house, one little exclaimed, “That’s the BEST news!”

The children absolutely loved the turtles, touching the snake, and releasing the butterflies! Special thanks to Jeff Hoagland for showing us the frog that snuck in to the Butterfly house! They have spring peeper tadpoles just like we do!

The children cheered as we released the butterflies.

It’s the end of the school year, and I feel as though I’m about to “release” my “babies” (students.)
They come in September so young, so small. They leave in May entirely different “creatures,” ready to spread their wings and fly. Like butterflies, I can witness their initial flight. Some return for a visit, others I don’t see again. All I know that it has been a privilege to watch their metamorphosis. Thank you parents, for letting me share these moments of your child’s life!

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May 05

Thank you to all the parents, staff, former staff, volunteers, alumni and families for such a wonderful 50th Celebration!

Thanks to my darling students for working so hard on the decorations for the classroom!

The sun came out, the weather cooperated, and everyone had a great time.

Rocky Hill Mayor Ed Zimmerman issued a proclamation honoring RHCNS, and declared it to be “Rocky Hill Cooperative Nursery School Month!”

In attendance was a member of the FIRST three-year-old class in 1959! His great-niece is now enrolled in our “threes!” Yes, the great-granddaughter of the first teacher at RHCNS is now in attendance!

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May 02

Yes, the rain WILL hold off! Come see our classroom, come meet old friends!
Come celebrate 50 years of a wonderful school!

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