TerraNichol Academy

Private Progressive Reggio Emilia Preschool

Upcoming Backstage Tour

Now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year. Spaces are limited! Join us for one of our upcoming school tours of our eco friendly campus.

Tour Schedule

March 28th, 2016 @4:30

April 11th, 2016 @4:30

May 9th, 2016 @4:30pm

June 6th, 2016 @4:30pm

TerraNichol Academy of The Arts School is the kind of school parents expect, educators celebrate and children adore. Our approach to learning celebrates the great potential of young children, with the goal of nurturing self-motivated, life-long learners. The learning labs are guided by our Master Teachers as well as the Founder of TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Preschool with low teacher-to-child ratio to allow for one-on-one engagement and thoughtful observation. Join our small community school for a backstage tour and be inspired by our thoughtful team of Early Childhood Educators here at TerraNichol Academy.

Come and Explore our Reggio Emilia program at TerraNichol Academy acclaimed for the stunning environments, their educators who create, provoke and dazzle the students senses, invite curiosity and discovery, and most importantly, foster strong, respectful meaningful relationships.
Come learn about the values for children in the program:
being a home away from home
connecting children to their families
helping children to be powerful and active
being a steward of the natural world
seeing oneself as a capable learner
recognizing and being curious about our environment
We provide a school environment that is beautiful and taken care of with an attitude of care so that parents, children, and teachers want to come to school everyday.
It is with intelligent heart and courage that we continue our goals and vision to continue to proceed with the work of a child.
RSVP today!
Submit a letter of intent by visiting our website if you will be attending the Tour. www.terranichol.com

Letter of Intent link: http://www.terranichol.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&view=rsform&Itemid=208

Learning Labs and Curriculum

At TerraNichol we work as a teaching team to enhance the children’s learning experience. Both children and staff float from learning environment to learning environment creating a family of learning. We feel that exposing students to different teaching methods, personalities, activities, and settings builds stronger social skills, coping skills, and better prepares students for other learning environments.

At TerraNichol we use an eclectic fusion of curriculums that are research based and proven successful for early childhood and primary programs. We incorporate the creative curriculum, Reggio Emilia approach, theories of Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence, and custom TerraNichol Curriculum. We thrive on incorporating the visual, and performing arts to help students excel in all domains.

The Reggio Emilia approach began in Reggio Emilia Italy and is still a driving force to many of their schools today. We have incorporated it here at TerraNichol because it focuses on the whole child, building a well-rounded academic program. The Reggio Approach focuses on student’s interest encouraging exploration and incorporating skills across the curriculum. The Reggio Emilia Approach was hailed as "the best education in the world for early learners" by Newsweek Magazine in 1991, and Harvard has also used the Reggio Approach in their Graduate School of Education for the last 23 years.

Our Enrichment classes are a great way to teach students skills on a diverse level. Students engage in Spanish, yoga & tea time, Zumba, music and art appreciation, culinary arts, eco-village, creative movement, gardening and gymnastics daily. Enrichment classes are a beneficial way to meet all types of learning styles and incorporate cross curriculum skills.

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“Through The Eyes Of A Child”

“Through The Eyes Of A Child”Example of TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Learning LaboratoriesImagine that you are 4 years old again. You’re wearing your favorite dress or your best pair of sneakers that make you run super fast! You have brushed your teeth, had a yummy breakfast and are ready for school. In the car you are thinking about what your day has in store for you. “Hmm I wonder what we will have for snack today?” Soon your car pulls into the TerraNichol parking lot. As you are getting out one of your “bestest” friends arrives too! You chit chat all the way into the school as you hang up your lunchboxes and head to the play garden!As you arrive you say good morning to your teachers and look around. Even though you have seen the play yard many times you still look around in wonder. Every day you notice something new and interesting whether it is new activities that the teachers have set out or a new plant growing in Eco-Village. Wow! Today is a super exciting day as you notice that due to the rain we had last night our rain barrel is almost full. You decide that first you will show all of the special plants some TLC and give them a drink of water. As you are walking around with your watering can, you notice a big fat snail on the composter! “Look a snail” you announce as you let the others know of your remarkable finding. Soon there is a group of students and a teacher all gathered around watching the snail moving ever so slowly. You feel so proud that you are the one to find this amazing creature all by yourself! Everyone is talking about the snail. Everyone is curious where it came from and where is home might be. A group of students decides that they are going to get out the large magnifiers and go on a hunt to see if they can locate the snail’s home. Another group of students are very interested in how slowly the snail is moving and with the teachers assistance we decide to track and graph how far the snail moves while we are playing outdoors.“Ring Ding Ding”! You know what that sound means as you and a few others announce “Clean-Up Bell!” As your friends sing the Clean Up song everyone quickly gets busy putting their materials away. You return your watering can and magnifier and meet up with the rest of your friends and classmates at the Meeting Tree. Before heading inside you all talk about your experiences today in the Play Garden. You smile uncontrollably as everyone is talking about what they discovered about the snail. After looking at our tracking and graphing the snail only moved 1 and ½ inches in the time that we were outdoors! We never found his home but we decided that he probably likes to live in Eco-Village in the soil with all of the plants because snails like cool wet places. We are excited to come back out before our lunch picnic to see how far our new friend “Slow Poke”, as he has been affectionately named, has moved by then.After our meeting we head inside. We find a seat at circle time and begin to sing our morning meeting songs. I am excited because I love to sing especially the good morning songs! I look at my friends and we giggle while we sing. My teacher is making silly faces at us and we practice saying “Hola”, and “Ciao” to our friends. After our morning meeting I go to the yoga mat basket as my teacher puts on the relaxing yoga music. I find a place to relax my body and place my yoga pillow over my eyes. “Hmmm it smells like lavender!” I take a deep inhale and exhale and feel my body start to calm. We do four poses and then we are all inspired to do a snail pose. First we curl up in a snail shell and then inch forward so, so slowly. It takes a lot of control to move so slowly! I know to go back to the butterfly pose as my teacher gives us all some Lazy Lizard Lavender Lotion. I love getting the lotion it smells so good. I rub it on my arms and legs. “Hmmmm I feel ready now”. I go to the tea table and make a warm cup of tea. “I think I will make raspberry tea today.” “Umm I think I will have green tea” says my friend. As we finish our tea everyone begins to make their choice of activities. I see that some friends are checking on our fish “Red Soul” and giving him some fish food. Oooh another friend has the glow time projector on and is making a tall tower like the one on the screen. “That looks fun, I like your tower but I think I will go to the art studio first.” When I get to the studio I see that there are many colors of paint and all different kinds of painting tools out! “Yeah I love to paint!” First I decide to look at an art book before I start. I find a book that has a picture of a garden. I show my teacher and she says that it a painting by Van Gogh. I say “I think I am going to paint a garden but mine will be different because I am going to paint a snail like Slow Poke in mine.” My teacher says “Wow it sounds like you have a great plan; I can’t wait to see what colors you use and what painting tools you choose. Will you show me when you are finished being an artist!” I am so excited my teacher just said I am an artist and as I put on my beret and find my big long paintbrush that I want to use I feel like an artist! What a great day today is turning out to be. I am excited to see what the rest of the day has in store for my friends and me.
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A Private Progressive Educational Experience


TerraNichol Academy participates in the Free VPK program. Students attend Monday-Friday from 8:30am-11:30pm with the option of early morning arrival at 8am and extended school day until 5pm.

The program also accepts scholarships through the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County and Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland.

To apply online for VPK or Sarasota County School Readiness Scholarships for the school year 2016-2017-Sarasota County

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County http://www.earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

To apply online for Charlotte County School Readiness Scholarship for the school year 2016-2017-Charlotte County-http://www.elcfloridasheartland.org

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Parent Testimonial

As you walk into Terra Nichol Academy of the Arts all of your senses are greeted. Aromatherapy and classical whimsical music fill the air and brightly colored children's artwork as far as the eye can see, and a smile comes to your face. As you accompany your child to start their day you and your child are each greeted personally by the teachers and begin to see a world of learning wonder. It's at that moment all adults want to be a kid again to experience such wonder in such a place called a school where the children enjoy rich learning experiences not at desks and chalkboards, but rather from touching and experiencing hands on in the sunshine and in the rain. Look over at the garden where our children have brought in plants and learned all about gardening, sustainability and the creatures habitat. They learn how to care for the "class animals" as the class has a fish, dog, and a rabbit.They are taught responsibility and kindness to one another and the earth. Terra Nichol has proved to be a wonderfully unique experience for our son who is a natural explorer. We feel he is in a safe and loving environment, which makes me us feel so good as parents. We always know what is happening each day as we have continued communication with the teachers. We are involved and a part of his education. We can even see what happened many days as it is shared by photos and we see his smile, his look of intense concentration on projects, and we see a happy boy. The Teaching Team has shared the Reggio Emilia Approach, inspiring teaching and love of the earth thru art, discovery, imagination, creativity, and true exploration of the world around us! My son enjoys nature and thrives in this type of environment. Not just reading about nature, but experiencing it hands on. Being outside much of the day not cooped up in a room at a desk. It's ruined us for any other school in the future. One experience I will never forget is one of the teachers accompanying him to find the ladybug that had escaped from the garden area. All the while discussing interesting facts and theories in wonderment about ladybugs. Being a child while loving learning, that is what it's been about for our family. Not being drilled with facts, but rather naturally experiencing and learning. Nowhere else will you find a school like this with the one on one attention to your child's needs. I don't know how we will leave... We are so happy that we were able to be a part of the Terra Nichol experience!
Sincerely, The Turpin Family
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TerraNichol Academy of The Arts

Creating Life Long Learners
Inspiring students to be excited to learn and explore is the main component of our developed curriculum and approach. Creating a community of life long learners is not only essential for individual success but also for the success of our world. We, as early educators, are molding future presidents, educators, artists, and doctors to name a few. We strongly believe that the desire to learn and grow should not stop when we are grown but we should continue to challenge and better ourselves throughout life. Creating an environment where education is viewed as an exciting component of daily life will instill pride within each child molding a life long learner. Students are encouraged to ask questions, observe, explore, and analyze through exciting, age appropriate and hands on activities.