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This Nursery School Digs Nature

Nature is a key focus at Earthplace Nursery School in Westport, where students are introduced to animals, plants and other elements of nature through hands-on learning, books, music and art.

"What sets our school apart from so many others is that nature serves as both a teaching tool and subject matter in the curriculum," Earthplace Nursery School Director Laurie Linton said in a statement. "At Earthplace Nursery School, we believe that children learn through exploration and discovery. Our caring teaching staff helps the children explore, create and participate in concrete hands-on, multisensory activities."

Founded in 1967, Earthplace Nursery School offers programs for children ages 2 to 4 in morning and afternoon sessions. Parents of 3-and 4-year-olds have the choice of two, three or five-day programs with an optional lunch program.

The school is licensed by the State of Connecticut Public Health Department and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

On an average day, students go for a walk on the trails; meet and learn about wildlife; spend time in music, art and gym classes; and take part in projects that promote development such as completing puzzles and building skyscrapers.

Registration for the 2011-12 school year at Earthplace Nursery School opens Dec. 6. If you are interested in enrolling your child, download an "Interest Form" from the enrollment page on the school's website and return it to the school, at 10 Woodside Lane.

To schedule an individual tour of the school, call 203-227-7253, Ext. 119.

Are you the parent of a 2-, 3- or 4-year-old? Does the curriculum at Earthplace Nursery School intrigue you?

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