Annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction


 Save the date!

December 8, 10 am – 2 pm. 



Join us for the 43rd annual Grand Bazaar and Silent Auction!

Featuring hours of free family events, including family-friendly
entertainers, face painting, lots of children’s activities, and plenty of delicious, local food.

Some entertainment highlights:
Sparks’ Ark performs at 1:00 pm.
Sweetums the clown – balloons animals and fun clowning.
Local artist Michael Connor – drawing with kids.

This event is free, with a variety of food and great items for sale and auction.

All proceeds benefit The Children’s Nursery School directly; a parent run, NAEYC accredited preschool in the heart of Portland’s West End.

More information to come!

Collecting Seeds at Kettle Cove Beach

This is a staple field trip every year and a favorite among children and their guardians. We explored Kettle Cove beach (in Cape Elizabeth) and its surrounding trails. The kids walked the trails in their socks to collect seeds.


We also collected nature’s finds along the way, like rocks, sticks, pretty leaves, apples (yes!), animal feathers, empty cans, bottles, pieces of garbage, flowers, shells – their bags and buckets filled up quickly.

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After a picnic with kids and parents at the beach the kids enjoyed playing in the little stream, feeling the sand underneath their feet, balancing on wooden wiggly beams, inspecting the seaweed and discovering new objects, running and climbing on the bridge, and playing imaginary games of sea captains, boat builders and beach ballerinas. Life is fun when it’s at the beach!


We spotted students continuing trying out the “does it float or does it sink?” method, like L. with the yellow boat. Jumping in in and out of the pools of water was a favorite of course as well.

A field trip means that parents are invited to join, which is a highlight for the children, and it makes especially the new students like C. feel more comfortable while we still get to know each other and while we learn, discover, and play together in those early weeks of school. We had a full outdoor classroom with at least one parent per child present at this field trip. Woohoo! It was FUN! Thanks for coming out in one of those last nice September days!

Welcome to a new fun-filled year at CNS

We are back in school and the first month went by so fast! With full enrollment, we were busy getting to know the new families and FALLing into our school routines.

After the new students settled in during their first week, the children worked on drawing their self-portraits and writing their name. These are used for the children’s’ birthday calendar in the classroom. Here are a few examples of the little artists:


The kids turned into scientists and discovered what floats or sinks and why.  They also made boats with loose parts like popsicle sticks, paper, thread, glue, sticky tape, toothpicks, and other materials. This was such a fun project!


We received a donation of flowers from a family’s wedding. How wonderful! Immediately we could turn this into a flower anatomy science project. Words that we used were: scientist, investigate, dissect, flower arrange, petal, stamen, pistil, stem, hollow, journal, still life, self-portrait, frame, fossil, magma, dormant. The children chose their flowers, cut the stem to a length that would fit the vase and arranged them in the little glass vase. A beautiful gift that the children could bring home to give their parents.


The children organized their cubbies and part of that is their art box; each child has their own that gets filled with arts and crafts over the year. But first, they transform the boring looking shoe boxes into their very own exquisite art boxes.


We also learned each others’ and the family members names. We started practicing giving each other messages, an important part of our social-emotional studies.

In the first weeks, we heard this question often during circle time: “What is your superpower to help the world?”

Our children love math! We were recognizing numbers and how they are used – calendars, temperature, counting, time, age, weight, height, etc.

We also read lots of books about animals, in particular, the ones we may see in our Southern Maine community and their habits… including tracks, eating preference, where they live, habits and scat of course. This prepared us especially for the upcoming field trip to Kettle Cove beach.

Lots of chalk, dress up, fairy houses and games. The children loved the warm September weather and we spent as much time outside as we could.


Elsmere Barbecue Non Profit Night to Benefit CNS


Join us at Elsmere Barbecue for a Non Profit Night fundraiser to benefit The Children’s Nursery School !

“The Children’s Nursery School (CNS) is a co-operative preschool nestled in the courtyard of downtown’s historic State Street Church. Daily, students nurture meaningful friendships while challenging their social, emotional, creative and intellectual boundaries.”

A portion of proceeds between 4 and 9 pm will be donated to The Children’s Nursery School.

Learn more on our Facebook event.

First Friday Open House Art Playdate

Are you or someone you love looking for a special preschool to call your own? Join us at our open house this Friday to learn about our unique co-op community! A place where parents, kids, and teachers join together to promote early learning, heartfelt connections and old-fashioned play!

What if you could refer to your child’s school as a castle? According to some of our students the historic State Street Church, where the Children’s Nursery School (CNS) is nestled within, looks like a castle, which makes it even more fun to stay and play every day.

Visit us during the early hours of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk. Bring your kids for an art playdate inside our Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired classroom or, if the weather permits, let them experience our outdoor music wall, see our magical fairy houses and build some more or simply let them have fun with our big bubbles while you can find out why CNS is a favorite among Greater Portland’s parent community.

We look forward to meeting you! Click here to RSVP!

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