Classes and Enrichment Program
Classes run from September through June, closely following the Metuchen public-school schedule. Enrolled students may opt for an 8:30 arrival two, three, four or five mornings per week for an additional fee.
Classes and Times:
Young Learners Classes
This 2 1/2 hour program (9:00 – 11:30) concentrates on providing a secure, warm atmosphere geared to promoting 2-year-olds’ developing awareness of themselves in relation to their surroundings and other people. Classes are limited to 12 children with a teacher and an assistant. Diapers are permitted. Children are 30 – 36 months old to start.
Classes for 3 and 4 Year Olds
These 3 hour (9:00 – 12:00) two, three and five-day-a-week programs nurture a child’s self-esteem and encourage social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. This is accomplished through the use of a variety of learning activities, educational materials and play situations.
3 Year Olds: Classes are limited to 20 with a teacher and an assistant. Classes are offered as a two-day (Tuesday/Thursday), three-day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) or (Tuesday/Thursday/Friday) or five day (Monday-Friday) program. Children must be potty-trained.
4 Year Olds: Classes are limited to 20 with a teacher and an assistant. Classes are offered as a two-day (Tuesday/Thursday) or three day (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday) program.
Pre-Kindergarten: The Pre-K class (9:00 – 1:00) is for 4-year-olds, including children who miss the kindergarten cutoff date in their home town. The children are provided with learning experiences and hands-on activities that promote kindergarten readiness and social interaction in a developmentally appropriate manner. Pre-K classes are taught by a certified teachers and an assistant. This class is offered as a two day, three day or five day a week program. Parents will be kept informed by periodic reports of progress and activities. Children may opt for an extended day (1:00 – 3:00) One, two, three, four, or five days per week.
CNS offers the following additional interest activities for children ages 4 – 6 years old from 1:00-3:00:
Mondays: Art – A fun and engaging class that will start with the basic color wheel and cover painting, sculpture, print making and other media. Brush strokes, lines, organic and inorganic shapes will be covered. The children also will be exposed to different styles of art through the works of Kandinsky, Monet, Laurel Burch, Keith Haring, Chihuly and others.
Tuesdays: Reading Readiness – Using fun and creative tools such as puppets, felt board props, and projects to explore different stems of literacy from rhyming and letter sounds to dialogue and story comprehension.
Wednesdays: Kids Cooking – A hands-on cooking and baking experience covering kitchen safety, measuring, cleanup and of course tasting! Fun activities related to the cooking and baking experience will be included.
Thursdays: Stay and Play – For children who love a challenge with an added twist of fun! Children will have the opportunity to reinforce their reading and math skills through both child directed and teacher directed games and activities.
Fridays: Science and Nature – Children will explore the world around them as they engage in creative experiments to help them build essential problem solving, logic and planning skills. Children will have the opportunity to enhance their curiosity as they explore interesting topics through hands-on experiences.