Our School Day
Our school day starts at 8:45 and ends at 11:45. Our typical day looks like this:
8:45 Arrival / Sign In
9:00 Morning Meeting
9:15 Free Play / Investigations
10:20 Clean Up
10:30 Book Break
10:45 Handwashing / Snacktime
11:00 Dressing / Outdoor Time
11:45 Parent Pick-up
UCNS is located at 59 Dart Drive in a house that is owned and maintained by Cornell University. The building has been modified to accommodate the needs of a preschool classroom while still retaining its homey, non-institutional feel.
Our school has two inviting classrooms with lots of windows and natural light, a kitchen for food preparation and baking projects, a family room for socializing, a library, and an administrative office.
The classrooms are thoughtfully laid out to encourage children to engage in a variety of activities during their morning playtime including art projects, sensory tables, writing, reading, building and imaginative play. Our classroom and the activities available evolve throughout the year to meet the changing needs of the children.
Our outdoor space is a large fenced-in yard. On one end, there are play structures, swings, playhouses, cars and bikes, a sandbox and an outdoor water table. The other side of the playground is a grassy open area for running and experiencing the pleasures of the changing seasons—water play in hot weather, playing with leaves in fall, sledding and making snowmen in winter.