Traditional Preschool Program Hours
Morning Class: 9:00-11:30
Lunch Bunch: 11:30-12:30
Pre-K Afternoon Class: 12:30-3:00
We have Pre-K full day (9am-3pm) options!
Toddler/Young Preschool Classes:
NLA has morning classes for ages 2 thru K,
lunch options for ages 4 thru K,
and full-day options (9am-3pm) for Pre-K and K.
Children in Busy Bees (2-3 years of age) are working on using the bathroom and toilet, with appropriate adult help.
In this class children naturally expand their vocabulary, learning to use more complex sentences by conversing with adults and peers. They are working on experiencing the world around them, seeing their peers as friendly faces, practicing using their voices and kind hands, sharing space and objects, and following 2-step directions.
Children in Owls and Foxes (3-4 years of age) should be toilet trained, and needing minimal reminders for hand washing.
In these classes children begin to practice classroom skills such as hand raising, answering group questions, following group directions, choosing play centers, and completing table activities. These are our Readiness classes, preparing children to transition to Pre-Kindergarten the following school year.
NLA Pre-K students (ages 4-5) bring their own packed lunch (nut-free).
Students eat with peers and staff at tables, talking about the day, food, manners, and friends. Then they clean up, and read books, enjoy an activity, and play with class friends. This is a good option if you need flexibility at pick-up time. Your child can attend regularly or just as needed.
In the Giraffes and Lions classes, children are 4 to 5 years of age and preparing to enter Kindergarten in the upcoming school year (Sep 2022). Children must be able to communicate their need to use the restroom.
These classes continue to teach academic and social skills, building on the previous years to prepare students (and parents!) emotionally for Kindergarten. Emphasis is placed on social interactions using kindness, and good conversation skills through stories, games, hands-on math activities, creative art projects, first-person science observation, and more!
The full day option is described below, as the BOOST class 🙂
Kindergarten AND Pre-K Enrichment Extended Day : (Mornings -OR- Afternoons)
Children who are in BOOST are already Kindergarten students, or already NLA Pre-K students. The Enrichment/Extended Day is a great way to gradually prepare for a full day of academic school while further developing their social experiences with expanded opportunities for learning.
Outside of their regular daily classroom, here in the BOOST class students will have ample opportunities to strengthen gross and fine motor skills, practice math and language/literacy skills, refine cognitive logic and problem solving, and grow their social/emotional development through play as they work with others during these sessions. This will be a great opportunity for making new friends, exploring concepts more deeply, and having fun in the process.
This program already includes time for lunch – you pack a labeled, nut-free lunch and send it with the student.