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 class. They also take part in school-wide events and celebrations.




Nursery Newsletter

  • Runnin' for Freedom (02-26-2022)
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    It was another short but busy week of high energy while we wait for spring. There were many, many books to be read, mud to moosh, to stomp, to churn and to fall into,  and grass — dormant, but no longer icy — to run on. There were lots of ideas and innovations, especially within the realm of the theatrical. We are still deep into Shape Days and will begin talking and planning for Name Days soon... to begin sometime in late March or early April.

    As anyone who lives with them knows, young children can be very concrete in their ways of seeing the worlds around them. At the same time — and paradoxically — they often live in a rich world of metaphor to help them make sense of it all. These particular children are all of this. Add deep thinkers too. The simple, beautiful song, "Runnin’ for Freedom" you'll see here, brings Nurseries to experience that is made immediate and authentic by the personal: It was composed by a Nursery friend and her father! It meets the children where they are in their own particular concrete/metaphorical mix of the moment. Poetry, song, storytelling, dramatization, it was another opening of a door from their own unique and and very young experience into a wider dimension and reality.

    Thank you so much for the sharing this family piece and making this possible. Nurseries enacted the song with Athena through call and response during Music on Thursday morning. They loved it!

    I was able to catch the children and their own theatrical inventions and performance of "Runnin’ for Freedom" in a sequence of photos. And here is the song:

    Runnin’ for Freedom

    Headed North.
    In the night.
    Through the woods.
    And the fright.
    Oh, I’m runnin’
    For freedom now.

    I’m alone.
    Yes I am.
    But the Lord.
    Guides my hand.
    Oh, I’m runnin’
    For freedom now.

    I’m in the dark.
    But I see the light.
    And my fire.
    Burns bright.
    Oh, I’m runnin’
    For freedom now.

    Does freedom mean?
    I don’t know.
    I’ve never seen.
    But I’m runnin’
    For freedom now.

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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