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PRESCHOOL CLASS

(3 years - 4 years)


New River teachers understand                                                                             the developmental continuum                                                                            from toddlerhood to preschool                                                                             and maintain appropriate                                                                                       expectations of the children as                                                                               they engage in teacher directed                                                                               and group activities.                                                                                                 Considerable growth and change                                                                         occur in children during the first                                                                                 three years in all areas of development physical, cognitive, and social-emotional.  Three year olds are no longer toddlers, yet at times may still exhibit toddler behavior.  They may seem older based on their language ability, motor skills and other actions.  Our preschool classroom is equipped with learning centers that allow children to self manage their choice of activity in the areas of language, math, manipulatives, dramatic play, science, music, art, and blocks. 


PRE-KINDERGARTEN CLASS

VPK (Voluntary Prekindergarten)

(4 years - 5 years)


At New River we believe that all                                                                               children are active learners and                                                                       engage in activities with their                                                                                     own attentiveness and                                                                                         attention span.  For this reason                                                                               our Pre-K classroom provides                                                                                       child-initiated choice time                                                                                   throughout the day within age                                                             appropriate learning centers                                                                                   that are attractive, accessible,                                                                                     and available at all times.  There is a balance between teacher directed instruction and children’s abilities to select and choose from a variety of materials.  

Our curriculum focuses on the development of the “whole child” taking into account that the domains of learning such as physical, social, or cognitive are all interconnected. Therefore, we support children’s intellectual growth while also enhancing their social, emotional, and physical development through project work, play, small-group learning experiences, engagement in real life tasks, and other appropriate practices.

This approach to learning along with the expertise of our teaching staff is a formula that prepares our  Pre-K students to enter kindergarten with confidence and the tools they need to be successful. 

PREPPER CLASS 

(2 1/2 YEARS - 3 YEARS)


Teachers at New River realize                                                                                   the importance of furthering                                                                                     this growth through                                                                                     experimentation with objects,                                                                             language, and social                                                                                           interactions. Children's efforts                                                                                   are acknowledged with praise                                                                                   and encouragement, which helps                                                                             to foster learning. Preppers' days are filled with exploration, questioning, discovery, and determination to find meaning to new events. Children who are moving from Twaddler to Prepper will experience many aspects of growth.  This transitional step before entering preschool allows your child to progress at his/her own pace to a natural stage of independence. 

TWADDLER CLASS 

(2 - 2 1/2 YEARS)


 At New River our teachers are                                                                                   trained in perceiving the needs                                                                                 of this age group. Two year olds                                                                               have a mind of their own that                                                                                   stems from their growing                                                                       independence.  This stage of                                                                       development is exciting as you                                                                                 watch the gift of language                                                                                       blossom before your eyes.                                                                             Vocabulary building is at an increased peak and words are being formed rapidly.  Literacy is a large part of our curriculum with letter recognition and story time a daily focus.  Children at this age are given appropriate choices to allow the freedom of using his/her independence in a positive, constructive way.  They realize that two year olds are adjusting to new experiences and strive to make them feel welcomed and loved in a nurturing, happy environment.  

TODDLER CLASS 

(1 year)


At New River our teachers                                                                         understand the expectations                                                                                   of this age group by                                                                                       implementing quiet transitions                                                                                 and exciting alternatives that                                                                                   attract and hold their interest.                                                                               Toddlers are active seekers of                                                                         exploration and interact in their                                                                             world with the idea that everything revolves around them. Our classroom provides an environment free of clutter, easy for beginning walkers, and offers age appropriate materials to foster learning.  The daily schedule for a toddler is flexible allowing individual freedom while setting aside blocks of time for songs, puppets, stories, active play and so much more.

INFANT CLASS 

(6 weeks - 1 year)


At New River we provide                                                                               opportunities for your infant                                                                                 to sample a variety of sensory                                                                             and motor activities that                                                                                       permeates a child's approach                                                                                 to learning far into the future.                                                                         Every infant is a unique                                                                                               individual whose needs and                                                                                       stages vary from moment to moment.  Through social interactions with our loving, affectionate teachers, infants begin to develop trust and emotional security.  Schedules are adjusted according to each child’s eating and sleeping rhythms.

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