Noah's Ark Preschool
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1154 Great Plain Ave Needham MA 02492
Noah’s Ark prepares children with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter their next stage of development and education with confidence and an enthusiasm for life-long learning. Each child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth is fostered within the context of a safe, positive, and consistent environment. Children engage in enriching curriculum, play, and exploration of their environment with purposefully selected materials and activities, in order to learn about the world around them. The Noah’s Ark experience leads to the development of self-confidence, self-respect and a concern for others; additionally children learn the values of friendship, honesty, sharing, responsibility, and cooperation in a nurturing atmosphere. Noah’s Ark students are well prepared with the necessary skills and confidence to face the transition to the elementary school years.
Noah’s Ark is founded on the belief that early childhood learning is best promoted through play, exploration, and discovery. We ensure children are engaged in developmentally appropriate opportunities in order for them to socialize and learn together. All aspects of a child’s development are engaged through a wide variety of experiences such as art and sensory, science, music, movement, stories, circle, writing, and drawing, blocks and manipulatives, and dramatic play. We emphasize the importance of social emotional, physical, intellectual, and creative development in children. Teachers purposefully choose materials and set up the classroom environment to foster curiosity and tailor activities to the interest of the specific group of children. Classrooms are arranged in “centers” and as children play and explore in these areas they learn concepts in language, early literacy, early math, creative expression, and socialization. In addition to strengthening and solidifying the foundational skills of early childhood education, Kindergarten teachers meet children where they are and advance them to the next stages of development. Teachers conduct ongoing assessments and evaluations in order to individualize instruction and target specific skills. We place an emphasis on teaching children how to successfully collaborate with peers and to problem solve as way of preparing them for future learning. Much of Kindergarten curriculum is aligned with the public schools, encouraging children to establish skills, routines, and behaviors to ensure a smooth transition the following school year. The group’s interests are reflected in cross curricular themes. Children in Kindergarten spend part of their school day reflecting upon, and processing their day. Having time to plan and reflect is an important part of the learning process.
Kindergarten at Noah’s Ark serves children who are 5 by September 1st, and who would benefit from; continuing to strengthen social and emotional skills, learning in a small class environment as well as gaining knowledge and skills through targeted individualized instruction. Following a year in Kindergarten, parents and teachers collaborate to determine the best placement for each child; some will matriculate to first grade while others may complete an additional year of kindergarten in a different setting.