Classes at NEST Chestnut Hill can be more than just fun. NEST CH uses play and active learning to open young minds, develop important skills, and foster a life-long love of learning. Our programming has been endorsed by local leaders in pediatric occupational therapy and is always developmentally appropriate.
We strive to provide the perfect physical environment for exposing children to experiences that enhance their developing minds and bodies. Our classes, as well as our indoor and outdoor playspace, are designed to help our little ones learn by employing play as a gateway to discovery and initiative. Here are the kinds of skills our programs are created to enhance:
Communication Skills. Listening, talking, reading and writing. All of these skills are learned in practically every class at NEST CH, beginning with listening. Run…Freeze…Jump… March. Listening for these cues from the teacher and learning how to follow instructions will help build the foundation for learning.
Observation and Exploration. There is lots to explore at NEST CH. Visual thinking means being aware of your physical space and environment. Solving puzzles, following maps, and building a LEGO tower are all examples of this.
Social and Emotional Skills. Working together as a team, sharing, taking turns and learning to get along with others are important life skills fostered through interaction with classmates.
Creativity and Imagination. Exploring the unknown, following your curiosity and pretend play are all healthy ways kids express themselves. In class, we pretend a parachute is a big camp tent or a hula-hoop is a space ship.
Gross and Fine Motor Skills development. Large muscle movements are called gross motor skills and are included in activities such as catching or throwing a ball, running in a game of tag or climbing up a ladder. Fine motor skills refer to small movements, such as those needed to pick up a piece of cereal in a pincer grasp between thumb and index finger. Kids can practice fine motor skills with games like puzzles or sorting toys. At an appropriate age, these and other skill building activities are incorporated into every class at NEST CH.
Musical Skills. Musical skills include tapping out rhythms, singing songs, playing instruments, and listening to music and other sounds we make in our music and early enrichment classes.
Sports Skills. Gymnastics, basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey, even lacrosse are introduced to our kids in classes that begin at age 2. Your little one will develop skills and sportsmanship doing activities that promote health and wellbeing.
Risk-Taking and Problem Solving. Walking on a balance beam for the first time, jumping off a soft block and climbing through a tunnel…These can be very big milestones for your little one and can have a large impact on their self-confidence.
In addition to providing these experiences that will enhance sensory, motor, cognitive, social and emotional development in your child, parents will learn strategies for supporting their infants and toddlers so they can become more self-confident in their parenting. As a result, you can relax and enjoy the time you spend with your children. After all, that is what’s it’s all about, isn’t it?
N Nurturing children to be independent thinkers and contributors to society
E Exceptional services while providing enthusiastic and energy-filled activities
S Safe, supportive, and respectful staff and environment
T Time to play and interact with your child