A wonderful place for your 3-5 year old to learn, explore, make new friends and prepare for Kindergarten...
Your child will be actively learning- with his or her hands in everything!
While their hands are busy touching, their minds are engaged in learning.
Come see where your child will learn, hands-on, every day.
Hands on nature
Children and teachers spend much of their time every day exploring the beautiful grounds and trails of the Nature Center. We garden throughout the school year, and enjoy messy projects within the classroom.
We also spend a great part of our days exploring and creating in our Natural Playground, where there is no limit to imaginary play and investigation.
Children and teachers explore and learn alongside each other in a supportive and nurturing environment. The teachers are interacting with, not instructing, the children throughout the day, instilling a sense of responsibility and community. We encourage children to work together and support growth in each other.
Children explore outdoors together in pairs, holding hands and sharing their experiences. Each day they choose new partners, encouraging new friendships and adventures. A feeling of support, comfort, and teamwork throughout our explorations is at the core of our program.
The class spends the majority of their days at school exploring the trails, meadows, and our Natural Playground. These excursions are natural learning experiences guided with intention by the teachers. Creativity, discovery and exploration are facilitated through discussion, modeling and encouragement by our nurturing and knowledgable staff.
The Pond House is a wonderful place for your child to explore outdoors with their peers, but also offers exceptional preparation for life long learning within the beautiful, ‘green’ building. Necessary learning skills are introduced and incorporated into each lesson. Literacy, math, and science, as well as social, gross-motor and fine-motor skills are integrated throughout our days. The Pond House offers a supportive and enriching environment for children to develop the skills necessary for success as they move on to their next steps of learning.
Teachers support children’s natural curiosity and interests, and learn alongside them. The mixed-age group enables children to also learn from their peers, the younger children learning by example, and the older children gaining confidence by taking the role of the ‘experienced’ peer in many situations. This relationship, where everyone in the class is learning at different levels, allows for wonderful discussion and active learning by all involved.
21 Milan Street, Ansonia, CT 06401
Route 243, coming from New Haven on Fountain Street to Ansonia Road: After Warsaw Park, turn right onto Benz Street to 2nd stop. Turn right and quick left back onto Benz Street and take next right onto Milan Street bear right to remain on Milan Street, the Pond House is at the end of the road on your left.
Route 34, coming from New Haven: Follow Rt. 34 to Orange, Turn right onto Racebrook Road (Rt. 114). Turn left at Rt. 243 (Ansonia Road) and follow directions above.
Route 8 North, coming from Bridgeport: Take Exit 16 (Pershing Dr.) At 2nd traffic light turn right onto Division St. Go over Naugatuck River to traffic light intersection (Shell gas station left) Go straight onto Elm St. Stay right of the small green (in front of Ansonia Police Dept.) onto Platt, then follow uphill to Prindle Ave. (Do Not bear right onto Derby section of Prindle Ave.) At stop sign continue straight on Prindle Ave. (past Emmet O’Brien Tech. School on left) follow to next stop. (church on left) Take a right onto Benz St. and follow to 2nd stop. Turn left onto Milan St. and quickly bear right to remain on Milan Street. The school is at the end of the road on your left.
Route 8 South, coming from Waterbury: Take exit 17 (Seymour Ave.). Take the left fork of the exit, go straight through the light onto Atwater Ave. At next traffic light turn right onto Division St. See above directions to continue.