Skills Aquired at Seaside

Thematic Curriculum



Our School

Seaside Nursery S We are a center based nursery school, meaning our curriculum is set up to revolve around the different learning centers in each classroom. We believe children learn by doing. It may look like the children are idly playing when actually they are learning multiple things from our carefully planned classroom settings. Below you will find some of the more specific things learned from each center.

What Your Child Learns in Each Center

Skills Acquired in the Art Center

Art is viewed as a creative expression and exploration of materials; teachers do not expect representational product.

  • Ability to develop hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to develop perception
  • Ability to develop imagination and creativity
  • Ability to develop fine motor skills
  • Ability to identify and differentiate colors, texture, shape, size
  • Ability to recognize and see patterns, similarities and differences
  • Ability to create images
  • Ability to use and invent visual symbols
  • Ability to represent reality and emotions in visual symbols and images
  • Ability to develop correct pencil grasp

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Skills Acquired in the Manipulative/Math Center


  • Ability to understand discrimination     
  • Ability to understand comparison
  • Ability to sort/classify
  • Ability to understand generalization
  • Ability to develop fine motor
  • Ability to develop perception of shape, size, weight, quantity
  • Ability to understand such concepts as shape, size, amount, the biggest, the smallest, bigger, smaller, more, less
  • Ability to represent reality and emotions in visual symbols and images
  • Ability to understand concepts such as first, middle, last left, right short, long, same, different, alike, match near, far cause, result

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Skills Acquired in the Block Area

  • Ability to balance a structure
  • Ability to consider shape, size, weight, amount of blocks
  • Ability to work on three dimensional configuration
  • Ability to extend imaginary play into cities, farms, construction sites
  • Ability to develop logical thinking
  • Ability to develop concepts - small/large, same/different
  • Ability to develop the skill of classification, creating and naming
  • Ability to experiment with arrangement/design

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Skills Acquired in the Reading Center


  • Ability to reflect their feelings and express their thoughts
  • Ability to develop new vocabulary                        
  • Ability to memorize and recall
  • Ability to observe left to right (reading skill)
  • Ability to observe that letters make up sounds
  • Ability to sequence events
  • Ability to contribute to group discussions

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Skills Acquired in the Science Center

  • Ability to observe and document the natural world
  • Ability to observe push/pull and speed
  • Ability to observe objects that float/sink

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Skills Acquired in the Dramatic Play Center

  • Ability to replicate their world
  • Ability to dress - snapping, zipping, buttoning
  • Ability to build imagination
  • Ability to express feelings in a safe environment

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Skills Acquired in the Gym and Outdoor Area

  • Ability to build strength
  • Ability to build agility
  • Ability to run
  • Ability to hop
  • Ability to pedal
  • Ability to jump
  • Ability to climb
  • Ability to balance

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Thematic Approach to Curriculum

Seaside Nursery School uses a thematic approach to curriculum in center based classrooms. Monthly curriculum themes are the basis for stories, projects and discussions. Projects and activities are set up in the classroom and the children are free to choose from a variety of materials. Each child is encouraged to try new activities and experiment freely in a risk free environment.


A Sample Curriculum

Theme: The Ocean

Read In the Sand
By Elizabeth McKinnon

Discussion during circle time about ocean life. Use pictures of fish, whales, coral, plantlife, sea turtles etc. "What belongs" game. Put out multiple pictures and ask the children what belongs in the sea and what doesn't? Have local lobsterman come in for discussion. Local nautical chart reading.

Sorting and counting of sea shells.
Sort shells by color and size.

<Small Smiling Sun> Water color fish for a class ocean mural.
Flounder fish prints.

Ask the children to observe the texture, smell and color of sand. Fill jars with half water and half sand. Children will observe the motion of the sand in the water.

Walk like a crab.
Sing "Slippery Fish".
Listen to ocean sounds during rest.


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Current Research on Reading

Current research emphasizes the benefits of reading stories aloud. Time is allowed in each classroom, toddler thru school age, for the children to explore books and "read" on their own. Reading increases vocabulary and imagination. For reading suggestions please go to the MCC Recommeded Readings store.


Circle time is a time for stories, discussions, songs and other fun activities. All the children are strongly encouraged to participate in circle time. This group time offers community experiences as well as casual instruction on listening and speaking skills, taking turns and respect for peers' points of view.