I wanted to take a minute to tell you about this sweet little nursery where my son has gone for the past 3 years and my daughter went for 3 years as well. It's located in North Chapel Hill (between Hillsborough and Durham).
Joya who runs Morning Song Home Nursery, is having her first open house ever. I'm hoping that you will go and check it out. It's a wonderful nursery inspired by the Waldorf philosophy that is play and nature based. There is so much for the children to explore there, inside and out. They start every day outside rain, snow, or shine. They go for a hike in the woods. There are chickens, bunnies, a dog and some kitties. Joya teaches the children all about gardening, and she sings them songs and tells them stories every day. Each day she gives them an organic wholesome snack (she even got my kids eating spinach and broccoli-worth its weight in gold!). She bakes with them, they get to paint, and they make wonderful crafts. There is a rhythm each day that the children are accustomed to and that they cherish. There are family celebrations and it's been lovely getting to know all the families that come to Morning Song. Since it's a mixed age group for children ages 2.5-5 the younger children look to the older children and the older ones help the younger ones. It's so sweet. I could go on and on about Morning Song and what an amazing experience it's been for all of us. This is my son's last year there and we will miss it tremendously.
If anyone else on here who has been to Morning Song has anything else to add, please do so, or if you have any specific questions you'd like to ask me about it on or off list, I'd be happy to oblige you.
Please RSVP to Joya if you are interested in going to her open house…and feel free to share this info
Here's her website for more info. www.mornigsongnursery.com There is a link on the top of the home page with more info about the open house.
Wonderful Nature and Play-based In-Home Nursery Open House-Sat. Feb 23 from 10-Noon
My daughter attended Morning Song for her Kindergarten year, and it was amazing for her. Joya is so nurturing and really understands the children. I can't say enough wonderful things about her and her nursery!!
My husband and I have been going back and forth on whether or not to homeschool our kiddos, but this sounds like the perfect fit for our family. Especially for our little guy who will be three next August. I'm hoping to attend the open house this weekend, so thank you for the wonderful review! I love hearing personal experiences like yours. Can you tell me if tuition is fairly reasonable? We were considering the Montessori Farm School, but aren't sure it is compatible with our budget. Thanks!
Well, I can tell you that it's definitely worth the money if it is within your budget. Our daughter attended all 5 days each week, so the fee was greater than most of the other families. It was much more affordable than Kindergarten at Emerson Waldorf School for us. Check out her site! http://www.morningsongnursery.com/Morning_Song_Nursery_School/welcome.html
It will be quite different than a Montessori program, so that's a choice you'll have to make as well. Joya is very open to questions, so I hope you can make it to the Open House to meet her!
Thank you so much! I did have the opportunity to go to the open house, and all I can say is it was wonderful. Joya was exactly what I hoped she would be. My son connected with her so quickly, and we are beyond thrilled. I was surprised to see him crawl up next to her and start kneading bread as if I wasn't even there. He has continually asked to go back already! As you said, it is definitely worth the money for the care he would receive there. My husband and I are just so happy to have found a nursery we can feel confident about that is play-based learning. So happy I found this thread! Thank you ladies!
In the sense that it's a home nursery program, yes. The children are in a multi-age group with her general age range being 2.5-6 years. My daughter actually went there 5 mornings a week for her Kindergarten year before 1st grade.
If you're looking for a more mainstream Kindergarten experience with academics, then no. BUT it's kind of like Kindergarten at the Waldorf school. The only difference is the age range there is smaller; 4-6.5.
Does that help?