Let the Kids Learn Through Play

Let the Kids Learn Through Play

This article was recently published in the New York Times about the research-supported importance of play-based education for young children. ESNS is pleased to be a place where play-based learning is available and thriving for families with young children in our community.

Our Unit on Woodworking

Last week, we completed our unit on woodworking, one of our favorites at East Side Nursery School. We worked with hammers, a hand drill, and screwdrivers. We also sanded wood in the sand area. In our Science area, we investigated wood and explored fulcrums and pulleys. In blocks we explored ramps and added Large Hollow Blocks to the area. And we read books about tools during storytime. One of the parents in our community cut up lots of interesting pieces of wood that we used to create interesting sculptures, too! It was a fun month!

Wood blocks

Woodworking tools

Wood sculptures

Celebrating Mother's Day at ESNS

This Thursday and Friday, both of our classes are celebrating Mother's Day. We are making one of our favorite treatsESNS monkey breadand having a tea party with our moms to show them how much we love them and appreciate everything that they do for us. We've also been busy this week making beautiful crowns to give to our moms so they can feel like a queen for the day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day crown

ESNS Mother's Day Tea Party ESNS Mother's Day Tea Party

Proudly Presending the 2015 ESNS Art Museum!

For the past several weeks we have been discussing art and the artists who create it. To begin with, the children learned that it is possible to make an entire drawing simply by using lines. We looked at books and samples of artwork created in this manner and then the children made their own line drawings. In addition, we explored the use of color in works of art and discussed how light and dark colors make us feel. After these discussions, the children created paintings using colors from both ends of the color spectrum. During these weeks the children also explored some of the materials used by artists to craft their masterpieces including different types of homemade paper and the tools and materials of painters and woodworkers.

We rounded off our in-depth look at art by investigating the work of several well-known artists: Georges Seurat, Mary Cassatt, and Vincent van Gogh. The children were encouraged to recreate the style of pointilism by making small-scale paintings using only dots. Next we studied the technique of mono-prints and made spectacularly colorful masterpieces. In order to paint in the impasto style of van Gogh the children were offered thickened paint and different tools to create bold, bright works of art on paper.

The resulting artwork of the past several weeks of the children of ESNS is now on display at the Community Church at 372 Wayland Ave. through Sunday, April 12. The children are quite proud of what they have created and we hope that you will enjoy our Museum.

ESNS Art Museum 2015

Paintings in the style of Mary Cassatt

Using dark colors (left)

Paintings in the style of Vincent van Gogh

Thank you for a wonderful silent auction!

What an amazing and wonderful event we had last Saturday! Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported our silent auction this year! It was a huge success! We couldn't have done it without the tireless efforts of our dedicated parent community and the generous support of our wonderful donors. Thank you so much to each and every one of you for supporting our school, our community, and our children!

A Candid Birth

AAA Southern New England

Alayne White Spa

Arthi Sundaresh Photographer

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

Bellani Maternity

Blackstone Massage Therapy Center

Blooming Blossoms

Books on the Square

Boston Bruins

Boston Red Sox

Campus Fine Wines

Carolyn Musgrave

Christine Chitnis

Circa Secondhand




Custom Cakes by Kayla

David Hazlett

Dharma Healing Center

Dust Buster Cleaning Co.

East Side Music Together

East Side Pockets

Elmwood Diner

Emerald Aromatics

Erin Hazlett

Festival Ballet

Fish Bowl


FunKtion Jewelry Designs

Garden Grille


Heather Dolan Acupuncture

Hemenway’s Seafood Grille & Oyster Bar

Hope Street Pizza

Hy-Line Cruises

Impact Skate Park

JLS Photography

Jump Dance Company

Knitting Needles


L’Artisan Café Bakery

Launch Trampoline Park

Loscombe Park

Luke Walden

Meeting Street Café

Mind 2 Body Fitness

Mindy Sabota

Minerva Pizza

Munroe Dairy

Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park

Myles Dumas

Neuhaus Chocolate

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Nikki’s Liquors

Ocean State School of Gymnastics Center

Plimoth Plantation

Pottery Barn Kids

Providence Athenaeum

Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Preservation Society

Red Stripe/Mill’s Tavern

Red Tomato Farms

Renaissance Gymnastics Academy

Rhode Island Philharmonic

Rhode Runner

Rhody Craft

Salon Persia

Santa’s Village

Seekonk Speedway

Shaila Sundaresh

Silk Purse Studio

Simply You Photography

Sonia Lewis

Stella Dot



The Children’s Museum in Easton

The Clay Space by Jill Brumberger

The Little Gym, Smithfield

The Olive Tap

Touchstone Crystal

Town Wine & Spirits

Trinity Repertory Company

Vijay Chitnis

Wandering Bird Designs

Wayland Square Fine Wine & Spirits

Wheeler School

White Electric Coffee

Whole Foods Market, Waterman Street

Wildflour Vegan Bakery


William Gallagher

Woodwind Farm

Zumstein Family Dentistry

One more week until our silent auction!

We're just one week away from our annual silent auction! Our families are busy getting everything ready to make sure that everyone has an amazing, magical night "picnicking under the stars." In addition to fabulous company, a beautifully decked out space, and great food and drinks, here are some more things you can look forward to bidding on:
Like a day out with the kids? Bid on…
  • The Children’s Museum in Easton
  • Providence Children’s Museum
  • Santa’s Village
  • Story Land
  • Seekonk Speedway
 Enjoy an evening of culture? Bid on…
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School  Rush Hour Series concerts
  • Trinity Rep vouchers for selected performances
  • Festival Ballet orchestra tickets to a mainstage program
  • Providence Athenaeum membership
 Need to get out and exercise after the LONG winter? Bid on…
  • Mind 2 Body Fitness private pilates lesson
  • OSSG Center free climbs
  • a 1 hour squash lesson with squash pro Vijay Chitnis & lunch at Agawam Country Club
  • horse riding lessons by Woodwind Farm
 Good eats anyone? Bid on…
  • Munroe Dairy box & $50 gift certificate
  • 4 quarts of farm fresh strawberries delivered to you when they come in by Red Tomato
  • a fine selection of oils and vinegars from The Olive Tap
  • a gift box of fine dark chocolates by Neuhaus
  • gift certificates to local restaurants, including Hope Street Pizza, Minerva Pizza, WildFlour, Garden Grille, Elmwood Diner, Hemenway’s and more!
We also have jewelry, framed prints & fine art, summer camps, sports memorabilia (Bruins or Red Sox fans, anyone?), family photography sessions, massage therapy gift certificates, gorgeous handmade quilts…and much, much more!
Plus, you will definitely want to bid on our famous ESNS pickles, finely seasoned compost, and the most endearing class gifts that will lighten up your walls…and your life for years to come!
We hope to see you there!

Silent Auction

The 2015 Silent Auction “A Picnic under the Stars” will transform the space into a unique experience. A silent auction will be accompanied by raffles and a live auction for some really fun items. An evening of celebration, bidding, delicious food, and great company awaits. Our parents work together to procure fabulous items, design a wonderful atmosphere, and create the delicious food. All are invited to attend. 

More details to come as the date grows closer.

Our 2014 Auction was a huge success! Thank you to all the individuals and businesses that donated items, services, and food! And thank you to our families for making it such a great evening! 

Extended Hours

We're excited to offer two extended-hours programs to give families more flexibility with their schedules: 

Lunch Bunch: Available for both groups, Monday through Friday, children can stay at school to eat lunch with their teachers and friends until 1:00 p.m. Children bring their own lunches. Cost is $10 a day. Drop-in—tell us as late as that morning if your child will be staying. 

Extended Day Program: For our 4 year-olds, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 2:30 p.m. Cost is only $10 with advance sign-up or $15 for drop-in on the same day. Advance sign-up is recommended to reserve a spot. Drop-ins are welcome if space is available.