CURRICULUM: Pre K - 4th Grade
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Noah's Ark is a christian school for young learners whose purpose is to provide a solid academic foundation in an atmosphere that encourages spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the child as a whole.

Noah's Ark's curriculum teaches everything needed for a smooth transistion into their next educational step whether it is Kindergarten, 1st  or 2nd grade.  Preschool students are taught colors, shapes, numbers, letters, sounds, words, sign language, celebration of birthdays and holidays,etc  Students also have sharing and conversation time; stories, songs, and finger plays; creative art activities and crafts; games and large muscle activities; visitors from throughout the community (when possible); food preparation; science and nature activities.
 

It is the philosophy of Noah's Ark that early childhood should be a time of fun, warmth, security, exploring and discovery and spiritual growth. Young children are creative and receptive; the staff strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in the children who attend. Our students experience a traditional academic curriculum in a christian environment where they are guided and supported to develop mind, body and spirit.

     
Admissions

Children who are 3 years old through grade one are eligible to enroll in the school.

  • A child must be 3 years old by September 1st to be admitted into the 3 year old program
  • A child must be 4 years old by September 1st to be admitted to the pre-kindergarten program
  • A child must be 5 years old by September 1st to be admitted into the kindergarten program
  • A child must have successfully completed a kindergarten program to be admitted into 1st grade
  • A child must have successfully completed 1st grade to be enrolled in 2nd grade

Children MUST be toilet trained and bottle broke. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis. If a parent calls after the classes are filled, the child's name will be placed on a waiting list to fill vacancies if they occur. Each child is accepted on a trail basis for the first two months. If the parent or teacher feels that the child is not ready, they will be placed in a different class or put on the list for the following year.

As of October 31st, every child enrolled is responsible for the entire year's tuition and may only withdraw in an emergency situation.

     
Discipline

Giving positive verbal rewards encourages acceptable behavior and helps others act in such a way as to receive praise. Asking a child to stop and think about their correct behavior enables that child to work on self-control.

For not cooperating in a group listening situation, the child is spoken to by the teacher and reminded of acceptable behavior. Removal from the group for a period of time-out is the next tactic for a child who continually demonstrated unacceptable behavior. This time-out is not a punishment, but rather what at a time when a child may calm down, remember what the teacher is asking for, and decide for themselves when they are ready to rejoin the group with appropriate behavior. Corporal punishment is not an accepted method of dealing with children at school. Children will NOT be hit, slapped, or spanked in any manor while attending Noah's Ark. If unacceptable behavior persists, the parent will be asked to a conference to discuss the situation.

     
Snacks
     

Sign-up sheets are posted each month so that parents may bring snacks for their child's class. The school provides 2% milk so beverages are not needed. Healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, crackers, pretzels, etc. are preferred for daily snacks. Cookies, chips, cake, candy, etc. may be brought for special occasions like birthdays or holiday parties.

 

Snacks are sometimes used as a part of the curriculum, often related to the unit topic, or as an experience in tasting.

Parents are asked to provide their children with a meal before bringing them to school. With advanced notice, children may bring special treats for their birthday or other special occasions during the school year.

 

     
Curriculum

The Christian based, A Beka curriculum, is an advanced program that not only gives students a solid academic foundation in reading, writing, and math, but also the individual attention and caring environment that helps provide students a great foundation for lifelong learning. Students in kindergarten through second grade are taught by Trudy Snyder; a PA certified teacher with 20 years of experience, and Ronna Larson. Ronna is a Pennsylvania certified teacher who has recently joined the instructional staff at Noah's Ark.

Morning bus service is available from the Chestnut Ridge and Bedford School Districts by request.

     
     
 
 
     

     
Noah's Ark advertises in the public media in order to make openings know to all. Children are admitted regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, or religion. Handicapped children will be accepted on the approval of the instructors and Board.
     
 
(814) 839-4536
748 Quaker Valley Road - New Paris, PA