The Hills & Falls Nursery School program begins for preschoolers who have reached 2 years, 9 months of age by September 30th and extends through the transitional Pre-K year (age 5+).   Hills & Falls offers three classes: Bunnies (3 year-olds), Dinosaurs (4-year-olds) and Rainbows (4 & 5-year olds).  All classes meet 5 days per week, 9 am – 12 pm.  We believe a 5 day schedule allows children to quickly become familiarized with a consistent routine, acclimate to school and to fully engage in the richness and continuity of the curriculum.  Extra-Care services (ie. early drop-off and extended day) are offered for all ages (enrollment dependent.)

Sample Class Schedules

BUNNY CLASS DINOSAUR CLASS RAINBOW CLASS
9:00 AM

Arrive in the Bunny Room

9:00 AM

Arrival on the Playground

9:00 AM

Arrival on the Playground

9:10-9:20 AM

Good Morning Circle

9:00-9:45 AM

Playground Time

9:00-9:30 AM

Playground Time

9:20-10:25 AM

Open Play & Activity Time

9:45-10:15 AM

Wash Up & Snack

9:30-9:45 AM

Morning Group Time

10:25-10:35 AM

Clean Up

10:15-10:30 AM

Morning Group Time

9:45-10:25 AM

Activity Choice Time

10:35-10:55 AM

Group Time

10:30-11:20 AM

Activity Choice Time

10:25-10:45AM

Clean Up, Bathroom & Books

10:55-11:15 AM

Wash Up & Snack

11:20-11:30 AM

Clean Up

10:45-11:10 AM

Snack

11:15 AM- 12:00 PM

Playground Time

11:30-11:45 AM

Reading Time

11:10-11:30 AM

Clean Up & Story

12:00 PM

Pick Up from the Playground

 11:45-12:00 PM

Playground & Pick Up

11:30-12:00 PM

Playground & Pick Up

WELCOME TO ENRICHMENT STAY DAYS

Each day of the week is built around a lesson plan designed to provide additional enrichment and to augment the core curriculum.

Enrichment Schedule:

Magic Mondays/Wacky Wednesdays –

  • Book It – a literacy-based program that takes reading to the next level. Activities solidify and enhance the book’s text through creative art projects
  • Game Day – games can vary from using our brains while playing “Zingo”, “Don’t Break the Ice” or “Tic Tac Toe” to exercising our large muscles through traditional gross motor games such as basketball, soccer and Twister
  • Drama Kids – Children may act out a favorite story, choreograph dances or engage in creative dramatic play. By using their bodies and voices, children develop social skills, practice coordination and find novel ways to channel their creative juices

Top Chef Tuesdays – Our young chefs will cut, chop, measure and mix their way to a delicious and nutrition afternoon treat.  Between whole fruit parfaits, homemade hummus with pita chips and whole grain chocolate chip granola bars; there is something for even the most discerning of palates!

STEAM Thursdays – Activities will center around science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Children will stimulate their fine motor development while engaging in thought provoking, hands on activities that explore architectural design and science, including “pop-up art.”

**We encourage you to contract for enrichment, as on many days we reach capacity.**

Extra Care

While our core programming meets Monday – Friday, from 9 AM – 12 PM, Hills & Falls is proud to offer six opportunities for extra-care services, in order to meet the needs of our community.  Families may access these programs with a great degree of flexibility, which we know is of paramount importance for busy families; in most cases, either choosing to contract for the school year at a discounted rate, or via “drop-in” provided available space.

  1. Extra Early-Bird
  2. Early-Bird
  3. Late-Bird
  4. Mini Stay-Day (enrichment)
  5. Full Stay-Day (enrichment)
  6. Fun Friday (enrichment)

Extra/Early-Bird

Monday - Friday

An early morning, free-play program where children are in a mixed-age group.

8:00 – 8:30 AM – Extra Early-Bird, advance notification required

8:30 – 9:00 AM – Early-Bird, no advance sign-up required

Late-Bird

Monday-Friday 12:00-12:30 PM

An early afternoon program, immediately following the end of the regular school day.  Children are in a mixed-age group, enjoying free-play on the playground (or inside in case of inclement weather.)

No advance sign-up required

Stay-Day (Enrichment)

Mini Stay-Day, Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Keep the fun rolling.  An afternoon program in which kids further expand their minds and learnings in a mixed-age group.  At 12:30, children will come in from the playground, wash for lunch, eat (lunch brought from home), and delve into day’s activity.

Current themes include Building Day, Fabric Arts Day, Things that Move, Crafts, and Cooking.

Contract or advance notice required

Full Stay-Day, Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 3:00 PM

At 2:00 Mini Stay-Day ends.  Children staying for a Full Stay-Day will enjoy storytime, followed by a brief rest time.  A final activity or playground time follows, until 3:00 pick-up.

Contract or advance notice required

Fun Fridays – On seven Friday afternoons, we will host an extra special themed afternoon of fun.  Past favorites have included Super-Hero Day, Let it Grow/Gardening, Luau and Teddy Bear Picnic.  Take-home crafts are a guarantee!

Contract or advance notice required.