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Magic Years Cooperative Nursery School In Manchester-by-the-Sea welcomes preschoolers from the following communities on the North Shore - Beverly, Wenham, Hamilton, Gloucester, Essex, Magnolia, Prides Crossing
The Magic Years Cooperative Program is based upon the belief that the preschool years are critical in a child’s physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. This is a time of discovery and exploration—a time in which creative potential is encouraged, self-assurance and self-confidence are developed, and children learn the social skills necessary to get along with their peers.
Children are divided into two groups ("Dolphins" and "Starfish") based on age. Both groups spend a considerable amount of time together as peers. The multi age experience allows the Starfish to be leaders and Dolphins to learn through modeling from their older friends. Each group has time in their own classrooms to focus on developmentally appropriate activities.
Children must be age 3 by August 31 of the enrolling school year to join the Dolphin Class. Children engage in play, games, projects, and routines appropriate for their first year in school. They learn to take turns, get along with their peers, and engage in circle time.
This class is for our Pre-K children ages 4 and 5. Children experience early literacy, math, science skills. They continue to engage in hands on learning while also continuing to develop all of the necessary skills academically and socially to be prepared for the start of kindergarten.
Now offering a few spots geared toward a younger group of children, age 2.9 by August 31. The Tadpole group joins our Dolphin class and participates in age appropriate activities, while learning from their peers and engaging in circle time. Tadpoles would be enrolled at Magic Years for 3 years before entering Kindergarten. Tadpoles should be well on their way to toilet trained by the start of the school year.
Discovery Play Activities Include:
Outdoor Play, Every Day!
We know that outdoor play, nature and fresh air are key for a child's whole development, so we go outside to play every day- rain, shine, or snow! This also helps children gain skills in dressing themselves for the weather, such as putting on jackets, hats, boots and snow pants.
Magic Years’ playground is spacious with both a large grass and asphalt area. It is well equipped with safe, fun and age-appropriate play structures. There is plenty of space for games of tag, wiffle ball, baseball, street hockey, riding tricycles and playing hopscotch.