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We are looking for 3 year olds for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Fall classes start on Sept. 5th.

Call 508 - 548 - 1050 before August 17th or come on Labor Day, Sept. 4th, to our Open House from 3:00 to 5:00.

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Our Philosophy

The Sandpiper Nursery School is dedicated to the whole growth of its children.  Through carefully selected professionals and developmentally appropriate curriculum we provide the fertile environment necessary for our students' natural intellectual, emotional, and physical growth. Young children at The Sandpiper Nursery School are given the freedom to choose activities of special interest to themselves from a wide variety of balanced programming. They are highly encouraged to express themselves creatively according to their individual tastes. They are given as much time as they need to explore, experience, and incorporate new ideas and experiences into their lives. Teachers at The Sandpiper Nursery School approach their students with respect and honesty, creating a carefully monitored balance of warmth and familiarity with challenge and inquiry.

We know that at no other time is the excitment for living each moment to its fullest as high as in the first six years of life. We are resolved to provide a nursery school which honors and promotes this zest for life, and which provides a strong foundation for your child's academic career.

 

How we got our name

The Sandpiper Nursery School inherits its name from the tiny birds that search for food along the surf on Cape Cod. Their motions of following the waves on the beach, running to the water when it recedes and away when it returns, is reminiscent of the behavior of small children chasing waves. What looks like play to adults is the search for food for the birds, and the search for understanding and knowledge for the children.

 

What is Reggio Inspired?

I have long been interested in the preprimary schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.  In 1996 I saw a presentation by Reggio Children called "The Hundred Languages of Children" at UMass Dartmouth.  I was struck by the quality of the artwork I saw presented by three, four and five year old children.  I wondered how they "got"  the children to do such beautiful work.  Some years later I attended a national conference in New York City where I heard the Italians present their work for three days.  I was totally excited!  I understood that they had not "gotten" the children to do anything.  They had set up the environment, made a community with the parents, teachers and town officials; and most importantly, had listened so closely to what the children themselves where saying, that they had "allowed" the children to express themselves to their fullest potential, and had built upon that potential.  Suddenly I had to learn everything I could about Reggio Emilia.  I read their books, attended another national conference in Atlanta Georgia, subscribed to Innovations put out by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, took classes offered at Cape Cod Community College, and finally had the opportunity to go to Reggio Emilia as part of a study group with Wheelock College.  Reggio Emilia is a beautiful walled city in North central Italy, not far from Florence.  It is about the size of Hyannis, and has six preprimary schools.  I visited two of them, one at the end of the day after everyone had left, and one during school hours.  What I saw were teachers and parents interacting closely with children.  I also saw children free to work on their own interests, able to move about the school freely, and use every space of the buildings in their own ways.  Two year old children were washing dolls in the bathroom sinks.  A five year old child was helping the kitchen staff set the tables for lunch.  Three children sat with an art teacher molding clay into standing figures.  Six children played in a tall grassy area by themselves, just outside their classroom.  When I came back to Sandpiper, I saw teachers and parents interacting closely with children.  I saw three year old children putting dolls into carseats in large block "cars".  I saw five year old children dictating stories to the teacher in their home-made books.  I saw four year old children learning how to pump on the swings.  We are less able to allow children the home like freedom I saw in Reggio Emilia in the United States, but we are absolutly able to listen to and respond to children's thinking and to build upon it.  Being Reggio inspired is to be constantly looking, constantly changing, and constantly engaging in learning about and with children.  It is not about prepared curriculum, preset schedules, and adult agenda.  I am proud of the way our staff is able to listen to children, interact with children, and introduce ideas that will excite children, and get them thinking and learning in their own ways.  We are constantly learning, constantly talking, and constantly inspired by what we see around us. To me, this is what it means to be Reggio inspired.            ---  Nora Richards, Director

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