- Maximum class size: 12 children per teacher; teacher aides in addition
- School hours: 8:50 am - 3:25 pm
- May be combined with before and after care from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Combining Play with the latest Brain Science
Welcome to New Morning School's extended-day preschool program. By partnering with the staff at New Morning School you are giving your child a gift - a gift of an early foundation of learning and play which is grounded in the latest brain science and supported by the work of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget.
Your child's first school experience should be a joyful place, one with a myriad of new activities and experiences every day. It should be a place where your child learns to interact with other children and is able to explore his or her own curiosities.
Low Student-Teacher Ratio
Your child will be in a class of 12 students with a teacher experienced in early childhood education. This class is supported by two trained teacher aides, creating a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio or better. This is well below the state-mandated ratio of 10:1.
Individualized, Personalized Education
Let your child join a school where "everyone knows your name." In small, personalized classrooms within a small school, each child is embraced and honored as an individual who can contribute to the community. As learning happens throughout the day, the teacher will work with your child at your child's level in academic readiness, social, emotional and physical growth.
When you enter New Morning School, you inhale the child-friendly essence of the school. Classrooms are colorfully decorated and enhanced by student art work. The playhouse invites children into creative play. The easels inspire that future Michelangelo. The students enjoy class in a 1,400 sq. ft. classroom and nap in an adjoining room. Gross motor skills are developed in a 4,000 sq. ft. gym, equipped with kid-friendly apparatus. Outside play happens daily on the preschool climber, in the preschool house and in the areas for running and playing that surround the equipment.
Safety is #1. Students are carefully supervised during the day. All staff, including volunteers, are screened for suspected child abuse. Volunteers are parents or grandparents of students at the school. They embrace the school's philosophy and ways of respecting children, because they have also chosen this program for their children. All paid staff members undergo criminal background checks. During the school day, exterior doors are locked except for the front door by the receptionist. The students practice fire and tornado drills so they are prepared for an emergency.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What will happen during a school day?
Each day is different at New Morning school, but it's important to have a predictable routine to the day, so that children feel safe. Our preschool classrooms are thematically-based, meaning that new activities are set up for the children every day. The projects tie into a theme, such as farm animals, the five senses, water, becoming friends - the topics are endless! Each day there is an art activity that is both thematically-based and related to the theme and the rubrics. Students prepare their own individual snack which is often related to the theme.
I've heard that the children plan their own day. What does that mean?
Based on the latest brain science research, the child's program is structured by the child learning to use a plan-work-evaluate format. This means that after circle time each morning, the students plan their day, with help from the teacher. "Will I go to snack today? I want to play in creative play. I want to do an ABC game with my teacher. Maybe I'll write a journal today."
This format, unique to New Morningt school, is called a child-centered approach where children become engaged in their own learning, setting the foundation for a child who is curious and who loves school.
What is the typical schedule?
Here is the daily routine:
The teacher greets students as they arrive. The children enjoy quiet activities or a breakfast they bring from home.
Circle time: stories, movement, theme, calendar, weather, letter of the week
Children fill out plans and choose activities throughout the room
Last call for snack
Student clean up
One-on-one time with the teacher to share about the student’s day
Outside time or gym
Lunch and outside time
As children awake, they join the teacher in the classroom for afternoon activities. Activities are less structured and the teacher follows the lead of the child’s interests (supporting the latest brain science and the need for reflection).
Quieter activities inside in anticipation of parents arriving soon! Parents arrive to pick up their children up to 6:00 pm
How old must my child be to attend?
Students must be 33 months through age four, turning five years. The classroom, by design, is a multi-age classroom, so that each child gains experience with both older and younger students.
Should my child be toilet trained?
State licensing requires that students for our program be toilet trained. Staff can give reminders to the students, but they should be beyond having accidents.
Do I pack a lunch?
Yes, because of the many food allergies and differences in food choices between families, each student brings a lunch each day. We will provide ideas for healthy lunches based on the latest brain research to keep your child in top form each day. The school provides a healthy morning and afternoon snack. If your child has food allergies, please inform the staff during an initial visit.
What else does my child need from home?
At naptime, children want to be cozy and comfortable. Cots are provided. Please bring bedding each Monday and a favorite stuffed animal. Bedding is taken home each weekend for cleaning.
It's best to have your child bring a backpack to school each day. This can include a change of clothes and other needed items. Please label clothing. Thank you.
What is the school calendar?
The academic year runs from the day after Labor Day through the last full week in June. The center is closed one week during the Christmas holidays.
How may I communicate with my child's teacher?
Open communication between teachers and parents is encouraged. Every day your child's individual plan comes home with notes from the teacher. This is a wonderful discussion-starter for your child to share about his/her day. Please contact your child's teacher at any time to discuss progress. Parent conferences are scheduled three times per year. A conference may be conducted in person (preferred) or to meet your busy schedule using Skype, Face time or email.
Foundation for Learning
You are giving your child the gift of a firm foundation which is an extension of your family values, intertwined with emerging skills in interpersonal relationships and personal responsibility - a gift of a lifetime.
Please schedule a visit to learn more about this program and see the children in action.