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Noah's Ark Academy

900 Raritan Ave. (Rt.27)
Highland Park, NJ 08904

Phone:
(732) 985-0001

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our mission at Noah's Ark is to provide a safe, nurturing, learning environment for our community's children.
Through a child-initiated curriculum we promote our children's social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development with daily hands on experiences. We take pride in creating partnerships with children and their families. Not only are families welcomed to drop by throughout the day they are encouraged to attend family fun events and parent workshops offered by Noah's Ark.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Welcome: Families are greeted by Noah’s Ark Staff at
time of arrival. Parents are asked to sign their children
in as well as encourage their children to wash their hands
and put their belongings in their cubby!
Breakfast: Children are offered a nutritious breakfast
between 8:15-8:45. Children sit family style with their
teachers and friends to encourage self help skills and
manners through serving their own food as well as pouring
their own milk!
Gross Motor Play: This is a perfect time for all
children to develop gross motor skills on our playground
using tricycles, playing basketball, jumping rope, climbing
or in their classrooms dancing, singing, stretching,
crawling through tunnels, using the parachute, doing yoga,
and much more!
Morning Meeting: All children gather together to greet
each other and discuss the day’s planned activities. Each
Monday, the children will review their weekly helper
responsibilities that may include setting the table,
stacking the chairs, and welcoming other children.
Small Groups: Children are brought together in small
groups of 4-6 in an activity led by the teacher that is
related to the current study.
Center Time: Children are encouraged to choose a center
to play and learn in with their classmates. You may see
dramatic play turned into a Pet Shop, Supermarket, Post
Office, Ice-Skating Rink or Restaurant depending on your
child’s study! Other centers that the children are
encouraged to play in include: Blocks, Manipulatives,
Writing, Computers, Library, Discovery, Art, Sensory
table, and Listening Center.
Create and Share: Children gather back at the meeting
area after center time. The children rotate turns
throughout the week to present and/or discuss art
projects, buildings, or play discoveries that were created
during center time.
Lunch: Children are offered a nutritious lunch after an
educationally fun-filled morning. Children sit family style
with their teachers and friends to encourage self help
skills and manners through serving their own food as well
as pouring their own milk!
Nap Time: After a very busy morning, the children are
given the opportunity to take a nap or curl up with a good
book on their very own cot!
Quiet Time: After relaxing on their cots, the children
are given some time to wake up from nap while
participating in quiet activities such as coloring, puzzles,
playing with play-dough, or listening to classical music.
Snack: Children are offered a nutritious snack after
waking up from nap. Children sit family style with their
teachers and friends to encourage self help skills and
manners through serving their own food as well as pouring
their own juice!
Music and Movement: Children are encouraged to dance
and move to a variety of music while using scarves,
beanbags, instruments, and streamers.
Group Meeting: Children gather back at their meeting
area with their teacher to review the day’s activities,
calendar, weather and discuss what to expect the
following day.
Story Time: The teacher utilizes this time to read
stories to the children as well as teach new finger plays
and songs.
Center Time: See AM description.
Gross Motor Play: See AM description.
Dismissal: Families are greeted by Noah’s Ark Staff.
Parents are asked to sign their children out this time, as
well as check their mailboxes and cubbies for their
children’s artwork and classroom letters."
Excerpted from the preschool's website