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Little Ark Preschool

322 Melody Circle
Swannanoa, NC 28778

(828) 299-1114


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"To create and atmosphere of trust, security and comfort in which the child can feel motivated, esteemed and appreciated.
To promote the uniqueness and individual worth of each child by focusing on competence and capabilities.
To provide and enriched and stimulating environment that meets the needs of the whole child, including the cognitive, creative, social, emotional, physical and spiritual self.
To provide opportunities for self-expression, investigation and experimentation both independently and collaboratively.
To cultivate attitudes, habits and appreciations that will enable the child to explore, question and discover the world, its peoples, and their cultures.
To encourage problem solving skills and responsible decision through respectful guidance.
To provide an appropriate balance between active and passive activities, as well as between child-initiated and adult-initiated activities.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Morning Class (3 Year Olds)
Tuesday to Thursday
1:8 teacher to child ratio
9:15-9:30 Short Group Meeting
Welcome song
9:30-10:45 Free Choice Time
Sunshine Room, Rainbow Room, and Art Studio open for free choice. Children move freely through the day's activities. During this time the children in each room are free to eat their snack at the provided snack tables whenever they are hungry.
10:45-11:15 Gross Motor Play
At this time the children enjoy gross motor activities either in the gym, or at the outdoor playground
11:15-11:45 Circle Time and Dismissal
During this time, children gather in the Sunshine Room where teachers provide the children with a rich variety of written stories, felt board stories, group games, as well as music and movement. This is followed by a goodbye song, and dismissal.
Afternoon Class (4 Year Olds)
Monday to Thursday
1:00pm - 3:30pm
1:8 teacher to child ratio
1:00 - 1:15 Short Group Meeting
1:15 - 2:30 Free Choice Time
2:30 - 3:00 Gross Motor Play
3:00 - 3:30 Circle Time
Excerpted from the preschool's website