Henny Penny Forms for Parents
For your convenience forms are located below. Just click on the link to download the form. You can contact Henny Penny at 978-745-7315.
2017-2018 School Calendar
Henny Penny Nursery School has been welcoming children and families for over 40 years. We're the oldest running preschool North of Boston.
About Our Program
We offer a morning preschool program Monday through Thursday for children between the ages of 3 - 5. Our morning schedule runs from 8:30 - 12:00. Families may choose any combination of 2, 3, or 4 days. Henny Penny follows the same school calendar as the City of Salem.
All staff members at The Henny Penny Nursery School hold current licenses through the Department of Early Education and Care and are CPR and Infant/Child First Aid Certified. Teachers are required to complete 15 hours of professional development annually. This helps to keep the curriculum fresh and up to date. The average student teacher ratio will be no more than 10:1.
Program Philosophy & Goals
At Henny Penny, we believe each child's development is unique. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where each child may grow socially, emotionally and physically.
Our program is a thoughtfully planned combination of teacher directed and child centered activities. Our classroom is made up of learning centers and interest areas that provide opportunities for creative exploration and discovery, imaginative and dramatic play, block building, artistic expression, music, creative movement, and the development of pre-reading, writing, math and science skills.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility, make decisions and learn through play in mixed age groupings.
We aim to foster a true love of learning as we prepare our students for success when they enter kindergarten.
Our curriculum is designed around topics in Science, Math, Language Arts and Social Studies. Standards, based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, are established to stretch students' intellectual growth while also being developmentally appropriate.
*A strong home/school connection is essential when creating the optimum environment for young children. Our famliy friendly classroom environment encourages parents to be actively involved. We invite parents and family members to share their special talents, hobbies or interests. Our staff recognizes that your child is an extension of your family and we support opportunities to foster this connection.
*Parent and Teacher communication plays a key role in the success of our program. Parents are kept informed of their child's development through periodic conferences, progress reports and weekly newsletters
- 8:30-9:15 Arrival & Free Play
- 9:15-9:30 Circle Time
*Pledge of Allegiance, Calendar
Activities, Weather Songs,
Plays, "What's Coming Today"
- 9:30-10:45 Small Group Activities [teacher guided]
*Story Time, Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Science &
Math Projects, Learning Centers
- 10:45-11:00 Clean Up
- 11:00-11:20 Snack
- 11:20-11:50 Music and Movement
- 11:50-12:00 Pack-Up/Jackets On
- 12:00 walk children downstairs to meet parents
*emphasis on self-help skills
SPECIAL EVENTS AND ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Henny Penny Family Fun Nights
Halloween Costume Party
Turkeys on Parade
Pancakes & Pajamas Day
Annual Spring Art Show
Year End Graduation & Play
Weekly Preschool Yoga
Weekly Music Class
Walks to the Salem Public Library
Visits to Salem Y Playroom
Ropes Mansion Garden Nature Walks
Place-based service learning projects