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Programs >> Preschool Classes
At Monona Grove Nursery School our teachers plan programs for preschoolers ages 3-5 years that encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of each child. The classroom is structured in a way that allows each child to explore a number of activities.

A typical day in all classrooms offers a balanced program that includes:

Group Time
Group experiences include sharing, musical games, songs, stories and finger rhymes. We encourage each child to participate and share with the group each day.

Large Motor Skills / Outdoor Time
Activity is essential for the growing body as well as the growing mind. Weather permitting, we spend time on the playground every day. There are opportunities for climbing, running, sliding and sandbox play. In inclement weather, we use a large indoor space for a variety of large motor skill activities.

Free Choice Time
Children enjoy a long, unhurried and uninterrupted time to learn through play. This would include sensory activities, puzzles, construction and building toys, dramatic play, science experimentation, books and art.

Snack Time
Once a day, we sit together to share a small snack and talk quietly at our tables. The snack is provided by that days "helping parent" so that each child gets a chance to bring a “favorite” healthy snack to share.


Morning Classes (8:40 am - 11:45 am)
Starfish - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Penguins - Thursday and Friday
Dolphins - Tuesday through Friday (MMSD 4K program*)

NOTE: Children age 3.5 and above who are not enrolled in the MMSD 4K program are welcome to enroll in the Dolphin class.

Afternoon Classes (12:40 pm - 3:45 pm)
Seahorses - Tuesday and Thursday
Manatees - Tuesday through Friday (MMSD 4K program*)

NOTE: Children age 3.5 and above who are not enrolled in the MMSD 4K program are welcome to enroll in the Mantees class.

Class Size
Class size ranges between 16-18 children.

Age of Children
Your child must turn 3 before September 1 in order to enroll in preschool at MGNS.

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Toddler Time
> Preschool Classes
4K Classes
Lunch Bunch
Our daughter attended MGNS for 3 years of preschool/4K plus one session of Toddler Time. It was her favorite place. She loved going to school, seeing her friends, her wonderful teachers and getting to play and do so many fun things. Upon picking her up she would tell me EVERYTHING she did, what stories they read, what the art project was, what they had for a snack and what she did when they played outside. Every year she had at least one day of lunch bunch, which was a great learning tool for how lunch will be when she starts kindergarten. MGNS became like family to us and we are very sad to be leaving. But we will be back to visit! —Dawn Van Horn, McFarland
We drove over a half an hour to bring our inquisitive, gentle son to MGNS. After looking at many preschool programs, we knew that MGNS was exactly what we and he needed - A preschool with knowledgeable, kind teachers and a program that would stimulate his mind. Although not my personal goal, our son left MGNS ready for kindergarten. Thank you, MGNS, for giving our child a love for lifelong learning!"
— Aija and Erik Kins, Lake Mills
The cooperative nature of Monona Grove Nursery School creates an openness and transparency that you just don't see in other schools. You are welcomed, from the start, to be an integral part of your child's education." —Jessica, parent and board member
My daughter absolutely loves her class at MGNS. She has learned so much, and even more importantly, she is excited about learning. Every day, she asks if it's a school day. MGNS has amazing resources, excellent teachers, and a strong sense of community. We love MGNS!“
— Alyssa Luckey-Winters, Madison
MGNS 4-K class was our child's first exposure to school, and it was a perfect one. She learned so much about cooperation, clean-up, art, nature, Spanish words, letters and numbers, music, books and the joy of being part of a group! Her teachers are a perfect balance of temperaments and gifts. I feel as if our family hit the jackpot in this class at Monona Grove!” —Gwen Ebert, Madison
My son was in the afternoon 4K program at Monona Grove Nursery School. He loved the teachers and the play-based learning activities. He learned so much, including a foundation in English and Spanish phonemic awareness that has prepared him well for Kindergarten at Nuestro Mundo Community School. He made many friends from inside and outside the neighborhood, many of whom are in the same school again this year. We're so glad he was able to attend this program.” —Joshua Forehand, Principal of Nuestro Mundo Community School
As our family enters our 5th and final year at MGNS, I am struck by many feelings, mostly of gratitude. We are so fortunate to have been a part of this community. From the Toddler Time program, to preschool, 4K and lunch bunch, they have all been wonderful programs. The staff is caring and communicative, and being a part of a co-operative school has been a wonderful experience. I enjoy my time in the classroom, seeing my children at play. My kids making wonderful friendships and I too have made strong connections with other parents. Being on the board of directors has also been a great opportunity. To the supportive MGNS community, I say, "Thank you!"—Margo Duffy
MGNS is a loving, nurturing and joyful playing and learning environment, and a community of caring, intelligent and involved families who enrich each other's lives. It is so much more than just a place to "get ready for kindergarten." It is a place where my children are thriving and blossoming, and learning to follow their interests and discover new ones.”—Alison Downey, Madison
As a new mom with a high energy 15 month old, I could not have found a better learning environment for the both of us! Toddler Time gave us a safe, fun and nurturing environment where no question of mine was too silly to ask; as a new mother I looked forward to talking with other moms and dads to see how they dealt with all of the unknowns of raising kids! I now chase two high energy little boys around the halls and we feel blessed to be part of the Monona Grove Nursery School Community...I will always remember the day when my oldest son first sat through an entire story during circle time (Digger Man)...every mom and dad in the room... Click to read more.
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