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.
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!
This Thursday and Friday, both of our classes are celebrating Mother's Day. We are making one of our favorite treats—ESNS monkey bread—and 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!
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.
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
Blackstone Massage Therapy Center
Books on the Square
Boston Red Sox
Campus Fine Wines
Custom Cakes by Kayla
Dharma Healing Center
Dust Buster Cleaning Co.
East Side Music Together
East Side Pockets
FunKtion Jewelry Designs
Heather Dolan Acupuncture
Hemenway’s Seafood Grille & Oyster Bar
Hope Street Pizza
Impact Skate Park
Jump Dance Company
L’Artisan Café Bakery
Launch Trampoline Park
Meeting Street Café
Mind 2 Body Fitness
Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Ocean State School of Gymnastics Center
Pottery Barn Kids
Providence Children’s Museum
Providence Preservation Society
Red Stripe/Mill’s Tavern
Red Tomato Farms
Renaissance Gymnastics Academy
Rhode Island Philharmonic
Silk Purse Studio
Simply You Photography
The Children’s Museum in Easton
The Clay Space by Jill Brumberger
The Little Gym, Smithfield
The Olive Tap
Town Wine & Spirits
Trinity Repertory Company
Wandering Bird Designs
Wayland Square Fine Wine & Spirits
White Electric Coffee
Whole Foods Market, Waterman Street
Wildflour Vegan Bakery
Zumstein Family Dentistry
- The Children’s Museum in Easton
- Providence Children’s Museum
- Santa’s Village
- Story Land
- Seekonk Speedway
- 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
- 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
- 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!
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!
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.