Extended Day is a community in which children are able to learn, to have new experiences, and to engage in fun! We provide a friendly, nurturing, and child-centered environment in which friendships among grade levels and classrooms are built. Our interdisciplinary thematic curriculum keeps our children thinking and exploring throughout the day. We also provide opportunities to be a part of the greater school culture by watching athletic events, participating in assemblies, attending dramatic performances, and going to special events after school. We believe that children learn through play and that student choice is central to growth.
Our day is split into three periods and our schedule is generally as follows:
|Period One (12:00-3:30)||Period Two (3:30-4:30)|
|Lunch||Healthy Snack (Provided)|
|Meeting and Thematic Read Aloud||Outside Play|
|Rest (Preschool)||Meeting and Thematic Read Aloud|
|Healthy Snack (Provided)||Period Three (4:30-5:45)|
|Interdisciplinary Projects/Choice||Homework (Grades 1-3)|
We operate on a trimester calendar and families sign up for one, two, or all of these periods, three times per year. We also have a drop in service in which children can come to Extended Day due to unforeseen emergencies. The cost for this is $5 per every 15 minutes. Please note that Extended Day is open every day that school is in session except for days prior to breaks or vacations.
Throughout the year, Extended Day learns through overarching thematic units that address the Nashoba Brooks School’s mission statement. These include diversity, service learning, character education, critical thinking, personal excellence, and creativity. Our units are interdisciplinary, integrating science, math, literacy, social science, technology, and the arts. Below are some examples of our previous thematic units.
Two Examples of Extended Day Curriculum:
Construction Unit (Engineering, Math, Arts, Technology, Literacy, Science)
o Researched different construction machines
o Learned that contractors make plans before building
o Interviewed a Construction Manager
o Observed real-life construction work
o Built birdhouses
o Made connections to nature by watching animals construct their own homes
Author/Illustrator Study (Literacy, Arts, Math, Technology)
o Learned about the occupations of illustrators and authors
o Watched Eric Carle read the Very Hungry Caterpillar
o Collectively wrote and illustrated their own book
o Graphed our favorite Eric Carle book
o Learned and replicated the artistic styles of Eric Carle and Leo Lionni
o Created a giant “Hungry Caterpillar” and “Frederick Mouse” using Eric Carle’s collage technique
Families can sign up their children for a variety of course offerings each trimester. These have additional fees and they are open to the entire school. Classes change each trimester and have previously included chess, mosaics, photography, African drumming, Fun and Fitness, and Dance. Click here to view our after school programs page for more information.
In Extended Day, we feature extracurricular activities that enhance students’ experience at Nashoba Brooks. At no extra charge, children in Extended Day have been able to participate in classes such as African drumming, gymnastics, Spanish, and tennis. We also provide homework help for students in Grades 1-3. In addition, we incorporate the following enrichment opportunities into our program:
o Viewing of sporting, music, and drama events/productions
o Guided and unstructured indoor and outdoor play
o Participation in school assemblies
o Theme-related iPad integration
To reach Extended Day you may call (978) 369-4591 x216
or the direct number to reach Extended Day after 4:00 pm is: (978) 254-6216