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Noah's Ark Preschool

1600 Winchester Ave
Ashland, KY 41101

Phone:
(606) 465-3373

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We offer lessons which are designed to encourage children to actively explore and manipulate the wide variety of materials we provide for them. These lessons are constructed to help children develop skills in seven core areas: self-concept, movement, language, logic, independence, socialization and creativity. Our rooms are divided into carefully structured activity areas. During a large part of each day, children explore freely while supported and guided by teachers. We develop children’s imaginations, reasoning skills and self-confidence by emphasizing creative problem solving. Art, dramatic play, science experiments and discussions are utilized to encourage them to work and think creatively. The emphasis is on the learning process, not whether it’s right or wrong. Our teachers ask a lot of questions in order to encourage children’s discussions. They are trained to create learning environments that put the emphasis on “making learning happen” rather than on “teaching” in the traditional sense. Our teachers and staff are committed to respecting diversity among families and supporting the parent’s role as the primary facilitators of their child’s development. Parents are always welcome in the center. Our indoor play area is set up for strengthening the children’s gross motor skills. Opportunities are provided for climbing, cycling, exercising and other forms of active play to develop the child’s large muscles. Although we do not teach doctrine, we do use Bible stories, songs and prayers at various times to enforce Christian principles and develop moral values through the learning of God’s love.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Microscope, science books, sand table
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • scarves, rhythm sticks
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Physical Education volunteer to work with children
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We offer lessons which are designed to encourage children to actively explore and manipulate the wide variety of materials we provide for them. These lessons are constructed to help children develop skills in seven core areas: self-concept, movement, language, logic, independence, socialization and creativity. Our rooms are divided into carefully structured activity areas. During a large part of each day, children explore freely while supported and guided by teachers. We develop children’s imaginations, reasoning skills and self-confidence by emphasizing creative problem solving. Art, dramatic play, science experiments and discussions are utilized to encourage them to work and think creatively. The emphasis is on the learning process, not whether it’s right or wrong. Our teachers ask a lot of questions in order to encourage children’s discussions. They are trained to create learning environments that put the emphasis on “making learning happen” rather than on “teaching” in the traditional sense. Our teachers and staff are committed to respecting diversity among families and supporting the parent’s role as the primary facilitators of their child’s development. Parents are always welcome in the center. Our indoor play area is set up for strengthening the children’s gross motor skills. Opportunities are provided for climbing, cycling, exercising and other forms of active play to develop the child’s large muscles. Although we do not teach doctrine, we do use Bible stories, songs and prayers at various times to enforce Christian principles and develop moral values through the learning of God’s love.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Noah’s Ark Preschool we believe each child is unique and special. We strive to provide a caring and creative environment for children 2-5 years of age and we are sensitive to their social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. We provide developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning while helping them enjoy other successful experiences. We encourage not just learning, but the LOVE of learning.

We provide a physical environment that is safe, clean, healthy and child friendly. Classrooms are arranged to offer play and learning choices at various developmental levels. Learning centers allow children the opportunity to explore, experience and most importantly, to succeed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Noah’s Ark Preschool we believe each child is unique and special. We strive to provide a caring and creative environment for children 2-5 years of age and we are sensitive to their social, emotional, intellectual and physical needs. We provide developmentally appropriate programs that focus on the process of learning while helping them enjoy other successful experiences. We encourage not just learning, but the LOVE of learning.

We provide a physical environment that is safe, clean, healthy and child friendly. Classrooms are arranged to offer play and learning choices at various developmental levels. Learning centers allow children the opportunity to explore, experience and most importantly, to succeed.

The strength of our program is the experience, expertise and dedication of our staff. We support the teachers with training, resources and the freedom to create their own unique learning environment. We provide many opportunities for the teachers to grow professionally. Our teachers create a caring and nurturing atmosphere that fosters each child’s creative and positive self-image.

We believe in positive methods of guidance. We establish consistent and appropriate limits to help children function in their world. Our programs are designed to develop in children a sense of independence, self-confidence and responsibility.

Consultation and coordination with the family is an integral part of the program. We see our staff working together with the parents, as a team, for the benefit of the children.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule:
9:00-9:20 Arrival and free play in gym
9:20-9:30 Exercise
9:30-9:45 Potty, Wash hands and Snack
9:45-10:00 Music
10:00-10:20 Circle
10:20-11:30 Centers, Table Activities
11:30-11:40 Clean-up Time
11:40-11:50 Story
11:50-12:00 Potty and Wash Hands
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-12:40 Potty, wash hands, prep for quiet time
12:40-1:10 Rest Time
1:10-1:25 Afternoon Activity
1:25-1:45 Gym Activities
1:45-2:00 Departure

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on