What is Sunnymont-Westside?

Sunnymont-Westside is a Nursery School. We like the term "nursery school" better than "preschool" because nursery school IS school for young children, not practice for "real school" later.

Sunnymont-Westside is a developmental, child-centered program. People often ask "Is your school a developmental program, or an academic program?" The answer is that Sunnymont-Westside is a developmental program where children receive a great academic foundation.

Scientists studying brain function have confirmed what our hearts have always told us: children learn best through hands-on experience, when their curiosity is piqued, when they feel safe and loved, and when they are having fun. In other words, children learn best when they are at play. So, a developmental program honors what we know about how children develop and learn best. We believe that the best way for parents and teachers to support learning is to provide materials, opportunities, and adult guidance to children as they eagerly explore the world in search of new learning.

Sunnymont-Westside supports the growth of the "whole child." A first grader can't learn to write if she can't learn to hold the pencil or listen to the directions or share a desk with another child or quit worrying she'll fail. Each area of learning is interwoven with every other, and a child who will be successful in school and in life is skilled in many areas. Sunnymont-Westside works to strengthen all areas of children's growth.

  • Cognitive growth - foundations for math, reading, language, memory, logic, music, science
  • Physical growth - coordination, fine and large motor skills, sensory processing
  • Social growth - social skills, conflict resolution, social responsibility , kindness
  • Emotional growth - self-esteem, self-acceptance, expressing feelings appropriately
  • Creative/spiritual growth - self-expression through arts, sense of self in the big picture