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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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