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Infants and Wobblers

In our Infant Classroom our students range from 12 weeks to 12 months in age. At NGK, we believe that children learn best through observation, experience, and play; these methods allow the child’s brain to make the necessary connections for learning cognitive skills (cause & effect); social/ emotional skills (communicating & interacting, expressing needs, feelings, wants, etc.; gross motor skills (sitting, rolling, crawling, standing, etc.); and fine motor skills (art, small toy manipulation). In our infant room our goal is to foster a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment, to engage in many stimulating activities that will support this method of learning, while having lots of fun! Read more…

Toddlers

At this developmental stage we are focusing on our ‘independence’ and doing things on our own while ‘free playing’ and also participating in planned activities. We will be feeding ourselves with little or no help from teachers. We will be learning how to wash our hands, get dressed, and clean up after ourselves all by ourselves. Read more…

Two’s

Two-year-olds learn about the world around them through the daily activities that are provided to them, so it is our practice to provide them with enriching and evolving activities to keep them interested and engaged. They learn to talk by listening, and they exercise their minds with sensory activities, group play and games. Most two-year-olds are up on their feet and seeing what new areas they can explore so, music, learning activities, and games are important for keeping them entertained and involved.  While most children in this age group have short attention spans it is important to provide them with a wide array of activities that are safe and age-appropriate. Read more…

Younger Three’s

In this room we focus heavily on laying the foundation for cognitive development; specifically how they interpret and sort all of what they learn on a day-to-day basis.  Focusing on this behavior will greatly help your child in learning how to stay focused and sit still for longer periods of time.  It’s not always an easy task to learn but something that will ensure better preparation for our pre-school room and into your child’s early elementary years. Read more…

Older Three’s

In this room we base our curriculum on the creative curriculum for early childhood education philosophy.  It offers hands on learning based on each of your children’s interests and strengths.  Science experiments, dramatic play, fine and gross motor play, writing, math and early reading exercises are all a part of our weekly curriculums.  The belief that learning should be fun yet educational is a key belief here at NGK.  We want all of your children to succeed in a fun and uplifting environment. Read more…

Preschool

100_3593This room is designed to engage your children in a fun and friendly learning environment to prepare them for Kindergarten.  We encourage learning through play, as well as, learning through routine and activities. This room uses activities to develop skills such as math, language, and fine motor.  These activities are called jobs and will be done, as a group, once a day.  We believe that jobs mixed with free play, outdoor play, dramatic play and music and movement, on a daily basis, give children lots of room to learn and grow.  During free time t is also our belief that children should be able to chose jobs; limiting job use to once a day can limit potential learning. While in this room, children will be pushed to develop their communication skills, as well as, an understanding of their emotions and effective ways to show them. Read more…