Mayflower Nursery School focuses on play-based experiences while following Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and developmental domains. Mayflower understands the importance in allowing children to explore their surroundings through experiences and encourages children to engage in opportunities that spark the child’s interests. We focus on the child as an individual and provide an individualized learning experience. Activities are planned as a unit, or theme plan, and remain flexible throughout the unit to accommodate children’s interests, art instruction and music time. Activities are carefully chosen based on teacher observations, feedback from Ages and Stages assessment tools, parents communication, and parent-teacher conference outcomes.
Mayflower Nursery School teachers carry out the school’s purpose throughout the year:
1. Offer each child the opportunity to grow and develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially through play experiences.
2. Provide an environment conducive to the fullest development of the social, emotional and physical maturity of the child.
3. Coordinate the efforts of home and school in fostering understanding of the child’s individuality and heritage.
4. Offer the child varied appropriate creative materials permitting him/her to work at his/her own level and in his/her own way without the imposition of adult standards, ideas or pressures.
5. Prepare children for living in a democratic society where the individual’s freedom must be coordinated with the general welfare of all.
6. Foster the child’s curiosity in the world about him and extend his horizons.
All classes work through a daily routine including active and quiet activities, indoor and outdoor activities – although not required in a 3.5 hour program. While there will be provision for appropriate group activities, each child will be provided with extensive opportunities to make an individual choice to do an activity, repeat a satisfying activity, or reject an activity, thereby increasing his/her ability to make
effective personal choices. Transitions are kept light and fun with the use of finger plays, games, songs, books and lear
At Mayflower, we offer dedicated art time for all of the classes. Children are introduced to basic art principles and techniques while encouraging creative expression and nurturing artistic abilities through a variety of opportunities. Dedicated music time is also offered to all students to introduce them to the world of music through songs, movement, simple instruments, and a variety of instructional materials, resources, and experiences. These dedicated art and music times are typically held twice each month, but both are also incorporated into each day’s activities on a less formal level.