The Nursery

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Ann Guthrie is the teacher of the Nursery's inquisitive and active 3 1/2- to 5-year-olds. Ann's philosophy is that children are innately curious and that by providing a rich environment that supports self-direction and a sense of wonder, children will learn, grow and develop: They are intrinsically competent learners who want to take on challenge and to master their worlds.

Another foundational belief is that young children learn how to get along with one another, to know themselves and to learn about the world around them through play and playfulness. Their play is seen to be on a continuum from the quite silly to the quite serious. It is understood that they sense the differences and gain from it all. 

The Nursery supports the belief that children learn in different ways and develop at different rates. In all things there is a developmental timescale for children that is respected. A great deal of patience, support and repetition are provided. 

Students in the Nursery have a regularly scheduled time each week for Art & Science with Brian Brogan and Music with Dennis Farmer. They also take part in school-wide events and celebrations.




Nursery Newsletter

  • Magic and Mystery of Back Together Again
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    Year after year I see such significant changes in the children and the group after we get back together following Winter Break that I have really come to think of those two weeks as a fundamental part of the Nursery program. It can seem a little magical and mysterious, but I know for the Nurseries, the family time away gives them a real opportunity to digest and process and internalize what they have been so busy doing those first four months of school. They come back in January ready to take off into their second half with a deeper understanding of themselves and one another and the group they are making.

    These children are no different. I can tell that they have really missed being with one another. They are ready — and busy planning together — for what comes next!   

    They have each come up with ideas for what they would like to do in the coming months. I started off asking if they would like to plan Shape Days ("Yes," was their reply.) They continued on with their brainstorming and have come up with ideas from Outside-Play-In-The-Snow Day (celebrated every day last week!) on through Trike Day, Car Day, Drawing Day, Painting Day, Cookie Day, YG Partners-Up-On-The-Golf-Course Day, Pajamas and Pancakes Day, Snow and Maple Syrup Day, and finally finishing up with Play Day. There are several others as well, but this gives a pretty good sense of their agenda!

    Last week they let me know in so many ways that they are ready to be out in the hall. It's a responsibility, of course, and so on Friday morning we gathered at the rocking chairs to come up with our list of Hallway Safety Rules. We came up with: "Stop at the red line… tell Ann or Ben your plan… talk and listen… keep people safe and comfortable… calm, inside energy… inside voices… come back when it's time, clean up when it's time…."  We finished up the early part of Friday morning in the hall and then, before snack, they cleaned up several massive block constructions in the hall... along with what was out in the Nursery room as well.

    Later, while we were eating morning snack, two YG Partners came in with the news that All School Meeting would be at 11:00 on Friday instead of 12:30 and could we please come. We couldn't make it on such short notice, but now we have a plan to go to our first All School Meeting next Friday! 

    We are off to a great January!

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From my earliest, I have been intrigued by the natural world and animal behavior--including human.  Among my ongoing interests are the brain, brain research, individual temperament and personality, child development, social organization of groups, language acquisition, history of  the English language, writing, and words in general.

In many ways an autodidact, I left high school for part of a year when I was 15 to work on a research project which took me to the Kansas City Science Fair and then on to the 1964 National Science Fair-International as a finalist, where I was awarded second place by the American Psychological Association.  I had parents who very much respected personal autonomy, trusted in me, and found ways to support my somewhat quirky and passionate interests which ranged from field study, brown capuchin monkeys, to gymnastics with a lot of other stuff in between.

I did go back to high school and also have a BA from Antioch College in Education with certification K-6.  My post-graduate work is ongoing and mostly of my own design.  Over these past 28 plus years, a good part of it has taken place at the educational laboratory of The Antioch School and in an ongoing collaboration seminar with my colleagues, past and present, who are rare and gifted teachers and profound educational thinkers.

Each year I also have the opportunity to get to know 12 individuals, young children, who bring with them their own unique temperaments, personalities, interests, and learning styles.  I am honored to be part of their process as they learn and grow as individuals, see themselves and one another, and collaborate to create their group.

My husband is a writer whose special interests are music, literature, and history.  Our daughter is an alum of The Antioch School and teaches in the Theater Department at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

For 3 1/2 - 5-year-olds
8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
8:30 A.M. to 11:30 P.M.

Upcoming Nursery Events

Wed Jan 31 @ 8:20AM - 11:30AM
Guess How Much I Love You & My Little Storybook

Contact Ann

If you have a question for Ann, please use the form below to send her an email.

Testimonial of Selah Griffin.

Selah Griffin
The Antioch School 2009-2015

An Older Group student at the time this testimonial was written

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