This program is for children who are under the age of one at the beginning of the school year. Children in the Pre-Toddler program must be twelve months old at the time of enrollment. These children are exposed to stimulating and developmentally appropriate activities for their age in a nurturing and caring environment. The activities provided help to develop the children’s musical awareness, creative movement, social skills, cognitive learning, and physical skills. Each class has two teachers with 8 – 10 children, depending on the age of the children.
Toddler & Twos Classes
This developmental program is designed to enhance those skills that are newly emerging in the young child sixteen months to two years of age, emphasizing gross motor development, eye-hand coordination skills, perceptual development, auditory and visual discrimination skills, cognitive development, and social and emotional development.
Preschool & Pre-K Classes
River Road Preschool classes are for children three and four years of age. They are center based with hands-on activities promoting social and emotional, physical, and spiritual development. Children interact in a wide variety of centers focusing on blocks, dramatic play, books, art, fine motor development, science, large motor activities, sensory activities, math activities, etc., to promote skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creative expression, social communication, cooperation with peers.
The Junior Kindergarten is a class offered to children who turn five by mid October and who would benefit from a focused year of curriculum and longer day as they prepare to head off to Kindergarten. This class incorporates many components. Wilson Language curriculum focuses on phonic awareness and sounds, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Hands on letter formation and guided handwriting instruction help writing come naturally, while letter sounds and recognition are continually reviewed and built on for a pre-writing foundation. Every Day Math helps students master expectation through hands on materials, learning models, and number application and representation. Literacy and Music are incorporated to help cement number sense and conceptual knowledge. Science focuses on seasons and the changes they bring to living animals and their life cycles, while Social Studies moves through our community, from home to school. The Junior Kindergarten program is a five-hour day, from 9:00 – 2:00, that incorporates a variety of specials to allow children to focus on their creativity.
Early Morning Drop-off
Early Morning Drop-off offers child care from 7:30 a.m. until 8:55 a.m., at which time the children are taken to their individual classrooms. This program is available five mornings a week for children ages two and up.