A sense of Joy, a sense of Wonder, a sense of Humor…

Welcome to Okemos Nursery School

In a quaint garden setting a cottage-like private preschool has flourished for nearly forty years~

Outdoors, the perennial gardens, pumpkin patch, sledding hill, and log fort invite children to explore, wonder, dream and embrace the magic that is childhood. Adjacent to a woodlot, it is the perfect outdoor environment to foster a love of and respect for nature; delightfully encouraging and cultivating early a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship.

Indoors, children are welcomed by the eloquence of natural wood, and warmed by the palpable feelings of joy, respect and authenticity. This sense of “home” allows them the confidence to explore, imagine, create and discover the wonders of their world. Through many ”languages” including painting, sculpture, drawing, storytelling, music, creative movement and drama --- the child is afforded unlimited opportunities for freedom of self-expression and discovery.

Each child is respected and acknowledged as an individual who is competent, curious, inventive, creative; overflowing with possibilities and potential.

“We are walking down this road together inventing, creating and dreaming as we go along.” ~from a friend

Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs and mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb, brooks to wade in, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries, hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of their education. ~Luther Burbank
American Botanist