Our school year begins in early September through June, following the Union 38 academic calendar. Tuesdays and Thursday classes are for children four and under. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes are for children over four. (Optional days are available, ask for details). Both programs begin the day at 9:00 a.m. and end 12:45 p.m.
While schedules can change based on individual class needs and specific programmatic goals, below is a typical class day for our program:
- 9:00 Arrival/Limited Choice Activity
- 9:15 Morning Meeting (weather, calendar, jobs, literacy activities)
- 9:30 Separate Small Group Activity based on Age
- 10:45 Music and Movement
- 11:00 Hand washing and Snack
- 11:15 Outdoor Play
- 11:45 Lunch
- 12:45 Departure
ODNS explores a variety of teaching units and themes incorporating the children’s interests, as well as trusted favorites. Some of our activities have included field trips to an area apple orchard, the local fire station, Pratt Museum, Historic Deerfield, Williams Sugar House, and The Deerfield Academy Planetarium. We also have invited guests such as doctors, EMTs, police officers, musicians, and more.