Our curriculum is built on goals and objectives that will provide appropriate experiences for the children. We use a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) program from Houghton Mifflin that uses literature as a springboard and we have a monthly visit from the Amherst Public Library's librarian who does a reading time based on our themes. Some of the reading readiness skills we focus on include listening to and following direction, left to right progression when reading and writing, letter identification and letter sounds.

In math concepts we put an emphasis on one to one correspondence, greater and less than, size sequencing, number writing and simple addition and subtraction. We also work on tracing, pencil grip, cutting, correct letter formation as fine motor skills and in science we cook, measure, weigh, make predictions and do simple experiments. Social development is necessary for success. We focus on respect for self and others, taking turns and completing daily tasks. Learning centers in the classroom support the skills children as learning and allow for exploration, discovery and opportunities to practice what they are learning.

Communication between home and school is imperative to your child's school success! Daily we will keep you up to date on your child through a program application called‚ "BrightWheel". You will be to join the app so you can see what your child is doing throughout his/her day. Parent Preliminary Meetings will be held in the first two weeks of September. These help set the goals for your child's learning. Parent/Teacher conferences will be offered in November for those wishing to speak with the teachers. Assessments will be done twice a year in January and June. We also invite you to join us for a story or to share a special talent.
We are excited to having you join our classroom and becoming part of the Nellie's Treehouse family! We look forward to working together to make this year full of fun, learning and personal growth for your child!!!

Sample Schedule

A parental daily report is given to update each family on meal and nap times, toilet training and all activities accomplished each day.

Time Activity
6:00 - 8:00 AM Arrival Activities
8:00 - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 AM Morning Meeting (Greeting Song, Pledge of Allegiance, Alphabet, Counting, Calendar, Weather)
8:45 - 9:45 AM Focus Book and Worktime (Math, Science, Theme - Related Activity)
9:45 - 10:00 AM Story
10:00 - 10:15 AM Snack
10:15 - 10:55 AM Phonetic Awareness and/or Alphabet Knowledge
10:55 - 11:15 AM Songs, Fingerplays and Poems
11:15 - 11:45 AM Outside
11:45 - 12:30 PM Lunch and Prepare for Rest
12:30 - 1:30 PM Rest (After 30 minutes non-nappers may read, play quietly and do pull out Group activities)
1:30 - 3:15 PM Creative Arts, Social Studies and Snack
3:15 - 3:30 PM Afternoon Meeting (discuss the day)
3:30 - 4:30 PM Center Choice Time
4:30 - 5:30 PM Outside Time
5:30 - 7:00 PM Departure Activities

Nutrition Program

Please click our Monthly Menu below to see the carefully planned meals our chef prepares onsite daily. Our meals are nutritious, delicious and sure to please each little tummy. With two primary thoughts in mind, children’s taste buds and healthy foods, our menu offers a yummy balance of proteins, grains, vegetables and fruit.

Weekly tuition includes breakfast, lunch, and 2-3 nutritious snacks.

Monthly Menu