All regular classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After school classes or “lunch bunches” run until 1:30 p.m.
At AHCNS, we believe that a children’s play is their work. Our materials and equipment are selected specifically for developing preschoolers. We guide children to use these materials constructively and creatively. Our professional nursery school teachers are all certified by the State of Maryland. Each day, two designated adults serve as the classroom assistants or co-oppers. Our teachers base classroom activities on the psycho-social, cognitive, language, and physical development skills appropriate to the age of the class. Children are encouraged to communicate their own individuality through creative art and expressive play.
Once a week, we supplement the regularly scheduled activities with a 30-minute “Mini Movers” class. Taught by a separate instructor, this class consists of music and rhythm, gross motor skill and coordination development, and the learning and reinforcing of step-by-step instructions. This is all accomplished through the use of songs with finger play, rhythm sticks, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and large movement games.
From October through March, our 3- and 4-year-old students are offered the opportunity to attend additional instructional classes (the “Lunch Bunch”) after the regular school day. An emphasis is given to the arts, sciences, languages (Spanish), and math. Children bring their own lunch and remain at school an additional 1½ hours beyond the regular school day. The fee for each lunch bunch is $12 per afternoon for 3-year-old classes and $15 per afternoon for 4-year-old classes.