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

  • Work/Play and the Flow of Time
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    All of the Nurseries had a very busy time last week. I think they are not even aware most of the time of just how busy they are. When one child wondered why it was almost go-home-time and how we weren’t even able to do everything they had planned, I mentioned about how very busy the day was. I also mentioned that we had stretched the day as far as we could go and had just run out of time.

    She looked surprised and very unconvinced. Raising her eyebrows, she said, “I don’t know… what did we do?”  I started listing some of the things we had all done with the day: Block construction, peeling apples, time in the hall, reading stories, music with Athena, making and seasoning applesauce, taking leftover Chicken Apples to the deer, plus many other plans, inside and out along the way.

    But it really didn’t convince her at all! She still had things to do and Time should wait!

    They are all voracious inventors and consumers of experience. They get an idea and toss it out for themselves and in so doing, off it flies to the other Nurseries.  It is invented and reinvented by different individuals. Shared in the moment, it slides into group experience and, really, who can even know exactly where the ideas come from. They are sponging them up, using them, and collectively making them their own!

    By the way, Nurseries are very happy and enthusiastic about Holidays already here or on their way. They are also beginning to talk about making gifts and giving gifts and of course wrapping gifts!

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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.

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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