ENRICHMENT

Motor

Motor class works with every child to strengthen their bodies and to develop skills through practice and repetition.

The goals of Motor are to educate the whole child mentally, physically and emotionally. This class is adapted to each child’s individual developmental needs, developing problem-solving skills and decision-making. The exercises encourage peer cooperation, risk-taking and FUN!

All of this is accomplished by exposing children to obstacle courses, creative movement, Yoga, ball and balance skills, dance, relays, relaxation skills, mindfulness principles, Brain Gym, and an introduction to sports.

Music

You can't start too early when it comes to music education, as a child’s first few years are critical for developing the ability to comprehend and produce music. NCRC's Music class partners with Levine Music to allow children to explore music in a creative and fun way.

The more fun kids have with music, the more effectively they learn. Class activities and lessons combine singing, playing instruments, and speech and movement to build musicianship and improvisation.

Levine’s music class is designed so children grow in their ability to:

  • Hear and internalize melody, rhythm, beat and meter
  • Sing with independence, good intonation and expression
  • Move with expression

Library

NCRC provides children with a love of literature. The library houses a collection of more than 3,000 titles of diverse children's literature to supplement and support the learning objectives and happenings in each classroom.

The primary goal is to constantly challenge their intellect, inspire their imaginations and nurture their desire to learn and to read. The library supports classroom teachers by providing appropriate books for the classrooms based on specific topics and units of study as well as student interest.

The joy of sharing books aims to help children connect to literature on both a cognitive level and an emotional level. Through the library, children learn more about themselves, their thoughts, their opinions, and interests in the process.

CLASSROOM ROUTINES

Circle Time/Morning Meeting

  • Promotes social communication
  • Children share information with their friends and discuss questions posed by teachers
  • Cognitively process and respond to a variety of ideas, stories, songs, and instructions
  • Motor skills are practiced through signing and finger play, sensory experiences, yoga stretches, and breathing exercises.

Small Groups

  • Children meet in small groups facilitated by a teacher
  • Allows teachers to monitor children’s development while supporting children who learn best in a more intimate group

Free Choice Time

  • Provides self-directed play
  • Children explore the classroom independently, invite other children to join them in play, and engage in activities
  • Gives children the opportunity to utilize their imaginations through block play and dramatic play with peers
  • Provides time for children to retreat to book corners for reading

Outdoor Play

  • Endless possibilities for honing skills and sharing friendships
  • Key part of each classroom’s curriculum
  • Children are provided with additional materials to extend outdoor play (chalk, bubbles, etc.)