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

  • A Busy Week... Plus Reflections
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    After weeks of discussion, planning and anticipation, Pajama and Pancake Day finally happened on Thursday. Thank you, Brian, for griddle work, of course, and to parents for following along with the Nurseries’ plan… to help it all happen. We had another wonderful Sign Language session with Sarah on Friday. She taught us an ASL version of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." After which I shared that the children are wanting to save and store apple seeds to plant baby trees in the spring. One child had already taught us the sign for apple... Sarah is his mom... but we needed the sign for seeds! So Sarah showed us and then signed an impromptu rendition of finding, eating, saving, planting, growing, harvesting apples. It was truly beautiful to watch, not just the story as it unfolded, but the beauty of ASL and the fluency of Sarah's signing! As she got ready to say good bye there was a grand group hug for Sarah as she sat in the rocking chair. We are moving into Shape Days next and will be making another chart to post on the Nursery door. Nurseries dictated their list: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond, spiral, heart, pentagon, octagon. There may be more along the way. We also talked about an All Shapes Day. Heart Days are planned around Valentine’s Day. This Thursday, students will help prepare food to celebrate Lunar New Year. This is another celebration that has emerged from the Kindergarten and has become an Antioch School tradition. There is a lunch time feast for the children… Nurseries prepare jasmine tea and the other groups make the rest. It’s usually stir fry, egg rolls, spring rolls, almond cookies. Kindergartners always create a huge dragon puppet (with Kindergartners inside as puppeteers) to lead us through all the rooms and then down the hall to the Art/Science room to find the feast waiting. I was thinking back about Martin Luther King this weekend (I came of age as a student at Antioch College in the late 60s) and I remembered, that back then, beyond knowing of her in connection to Martin Luther King, himself, and the crucial importance of his own work, I knew very little about Coretta Scott King, herself. For example, even though I was doing my own student teaching at Antioch School, I did not know that she had attended Antioch College in the mid to late 40s or that she also student taught at the Antioch School for two years. At any rate, I thought I would include this link about Coretta Scott King and our own historical connection to that important time and those two crucially important people. https:/
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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

Thu Jan 23 @11:45AM - 12:30PM
Lunar New Year Feast

Fri Jan 24 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Jan 31 @12:00AM
Conference Day - School Closed

Fri Feb 07 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
American Sign Language Lessons

Mon Feb 10 @12:00AM

Mon Feb 17 @12:00AM
Presidents Day - School Closed

Tue Feb 18 @12:00AM
Mid-Winter Break - School Closed

Fri Feb 21 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
American Sign Language Lessons

Sun Feb 23 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
Open House for Prospective Students

Fri Mar 06 @10:00AM - 11:30AM
American Sign Language Lessons

Contact Ann

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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