Lower School

Nursery

Don’t be fooled by that toddler smashing peanut butter into the cheese grater–she’s a scientist conducting an experiment.  At Moses Brown, we’re keenly aware that children are honed by millennia of evolution to spend every waking minute learning.

Each day, our littlest learners gather to reaffirm our class culture, talk about plans for the day, and share what’s on our minds.  In starting the day this way, children discover that they have a lot to learn from each other, and that first and foremost, we are friends enjoying a day together.  This is both reassuring and exciting for Nursery students, and helps them begin each day feeling connected and curious.

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Curriculum

Language Arts

The nursery classroom is a print-rich environment, with signs and labels that help students associate sounds, symbols, and pictures with both concepts and concrete objects. Children develop confidence in their own authorship, while practicing form and syntax, by narrating and dictating stories.  Beginning with letter recognition, we introduce them to word construction by first learning...

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Math

Patterning, predicting, and playing with numbers on our 10-frames–math is part of the way kids play and explore every day in Nursery.  Whether discussing the number and pattern of the seasons or days of the week, celebrating birthdays, counting the spots on a ladybug, or simply learning to sort and categorize objects, mathematical thinking is...

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History/Social Studies

Questions of society and culture are woven through many of the lessons in Nursery, whether discussing the diversity of our physical traits or the different roles people play in society.  To help children understand how our current society evolved, we begin with a basic understanding of time: today or long ago?  Now or then?  Comparing...

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Science

Nursery children are full of joyful curiosity about everything from dinosaurs to water, making science class a natural favorite.  Tapping this curiosity, we dive into explorations of anatomy (hands and feet of people and animals), the solar system, birds, weather, and light. In each unit, students practice making observations, sorting and grouping data, understanding cause...

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STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) studies are a natural fit for Nursery students.  Their innate curiosity about the world around them drives them to try, tinker, and experiment in ways that–properly nurtured–thrive into adulthood, turning students into inventors and entrepreneurs. During a fairytales unit, students discuss the three little pigs and the big bad...

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World Languages

In Nursery, every child gets their very own passport.  As different members of the Moses Brown community stop by to teach them to count to five in a different language, they add flags to their passports, keeping track of the ‘places’ they’ve been. Throughout the year, they learn vocabulary from other languages via carefully curated...

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Faculty

Kendall Greene

Lower School Nursery

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Kendall Greene

Connecticut College – B.A.
Lesley University – M.Ed.
Universite Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle

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