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

  • Point at the Dark and Look at the Light
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    The weather is back and forth and it's been difficult to predict coats or jackets or even long-sleeved shirts from day-to-day.  Mud time or snow, it is still the dark days of winter. Along with the overcast week and a bit of a virus making the rounds, I'm noticing Nurseries being more content to play and plan inside.

    There is lots of interest in the shape of the day, plus they are noticing various shapes around the room, doing art projects with circles and triangles, and planning and anticipation for the shapes to come. Right now there is a lot of talk among the children about octagons and spirals which are still weeks away. They have been referring back to our big chart on the door to see what shapes are coming up. Next week will be Rectangles and Rainbow/Arc/Arches/

    Last week for Circle and Triangle Days snacks, we made muffins (imagine stacks of circles!) and pizza (imagine many triangular pieces spread out on a plate!). A group of five Nurseries cooperated to carry their big pizza on a large cookie sheet down to bake in the Art/Science oven. Teamwork. Ben was there to put it in the oven for them, but they did the coordinated carry.

    On Thursday the Nursery participated in the All School Lunar New Year's banquet.  Early that morning, the Nurseries opened twenty packs of jasmine tea and carefully cut the tabs off so we could take them down to Art/Science for brewing tea in the giant coffee maker. The YG made a beautiful tofu stir fry and rice and noodles. The OG made delicious spring rolls and egg rolls. This year, instead of their traditional almond cookies, the Kindergarten decided they wanted to make their own fortune cookies. And they did — with fortunes of their own composition inside!   

    Over the week in the Nursery, we read a number of different books on Lunar New Year and talked about how the Asian dragon was for bringing good luck for the new year, and was NOT the fire breathing, guard the gold, capture the princess kind. As one child said, "I'm happy it's the good luck dragon.

    Our Lunar New Year is a celebration that expanded out of the Kindergarten years ago to include the whole school. The Kindergartners spent days making this year's dragon head... then, when the time came, with the long red cloth attached and Kindergartners inside, the dragon went from room to room gathering each group in a long procession behind while we all stepped on a walkway of bubble wrap — for the firecracker sounds.  Kindergartners led us down to the Art/Science room where the beautiful feast was waiting. We each carried our plates back down the hall to sit at the banquet table… a long piece of red paper unrolled down the length of the hall from OG room to Nursery.

    Back in the Nursery after the feast, many of the children got busy making treasure maps having Ben or me help write their instructions. One child had her rather poetic clues on three separate pieces of paper. She wanted her second clue to say, "Point at the dark and look at the light."

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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

Fri Mar 31 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
Conference Day - School Closed

Mon Apr 03 @12:00AM
Spring Holiday - School Closed

Mon Apr 10 @ 8:30AM - 03:00PM
School Resumes from Spring Holiday

Fri Apr 14 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Apr 28 @ 7:00PM - 07:00PM
Older Group and Thirds Spring Musical

Mon May 08 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
Faculty Planning Retreat - School Closed

Tue May 09 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
2017-2018 Contracts Due

Mon May 15 @ 8:30AM - 05:00PM
2017-2018 Final Enrollment Deposit Due

Wed May 17 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Annual Picnic and Graduation

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Testimonial of Selah Griffin.

Selah Griffin
The Antioch School 2009-2015

An Older Group student at the time this testimonial was written