The staff at RNS understands that children develop at their own pace and that play is an integral part of their development. We also recognize that age appropriate academics along with socialization and parent involvement make for the perfect preschool experience. Extensive research and knowledge of learning milestones allows our teachers to meet the individual needs of each child, exposing children to the appropriate level of academics while still making learning fun. Our curricula are developed with these milestones in mind. This enables us to assess each child’s strengths and give them the best learning environment available. Our facility is equipped with a SMART Boards, presenting children with the opportunity to experience the interactive and exciting lessons of the SMART Board classroom.
For more information on our various curriculum programs and a tour of our spacious facility contact Maria D’Arpa (Director) 201-445-2643
9:15 AM – 11:45 PM
9:15 AM – 3:45 PM
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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LITTLE LEARNERS (typically ages 2-3)
During this stage children are highly curious about the world around them. They use their senses and motor skills to begin exploring new objects and events in their environment. We see the 2-3 year old working diligently to solve simple problems, such as completing simple puzzles, through trial and error. They are also demonstrating more stamina as they begin to practice activities till they have mastered them.
They are also demonstrating more stamina as they begin to practice activities till they have mastered them.
Language development is also an area where we begin to see a great deal of growth. The child’s vocabulary includes knowledge and understanding of hundreds of words, and they demonstrate a love of literature.
For this age group, pretend play is very important in the child’s life. It not only helps them develop a better understanding of the world around them but also helps them process events and actions taking place.
With the implementation of read-alouds, hands-on activities across the subjects, and free play, our curriculum keeps these milestones at the forefront of the program while our loving teachers work to encourage your children to continue to make progress in those areas in which they are ready to advance
YOUNG PRE-K (typically ages 3-4)
In our YPK class we implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum where lessons offer a balance of social development and academic focus on language, vocabulary, literacy and the arts.
Children are encouraged to discuss, interact, and experiment with the teachers and their classmates while being exposed to age appropriate lessons that focus on Literacy elements such as phonetics, reading and writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and the Arts. Lessons are organized into thematic units that explore topics across all academic subjects.
PRE-K (typically ages 4-5)
Our PK class moves forward with the DIG curriculum. At this stage the children have begun to recognize the letters and numbers, and to understand that sounds are attached to letters. Children also begin to recognize print, such as their names, and are able to tell you the beginning sounds of those words commonly used in their vocabulary. They demonstrate an eagerness to learn and to begin to read and write. Much like the YPK lessons, our PK children will experience “big learning” while continuing to play, socialize and investigate the world around.
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN (typically ages 5-6)
(Transitional Kindergarten is offered to children who have not met the Public School “cut-off” date for kindergarten enrollment or are waiting to enter Public School Kindergarten, it can also be used as a child’s only Kindergarten experience.)
Our TK/Kindergarten program is an accredited kindergarten program requiring five mornings a week. This curriculum is academic based, and developed with the Ridgewood Public School’s Kindergarten learning goals in mind. Subjects such as Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies are taught within thematic units that focus on a particular character and the letter the character’s name begins with. As the children follow each character through the unit they will explore Science and Social Studies topics ranging from the art of cooking, to visiting the African Savannah, and much more.
By mid-year the children will have been introduced to all the characters and alphabet letter sounds and begin working on blending these sounds to make words.
Our Kindergarten class is also equipped with a Smart Board, making our lessons more interactive and exciting. Like any public school setting Art, Music and Physical education are offered throughout the week as well.
Our program is rigorous but also stimulating and fun. There is no doubt your child will be more than ready for First Grade.
Kindergarten Enrichment (*ends at 3:15)
Offers a fun, flexible 3,4, or 5 day opportunity for early elementary students to explore literature, math, science, social studies, and more in a “hands-on,” learn-by-doing environment.
Content areas are organized by themes; and, in every unit, young learners will experience activities that develop reading readiness, mathematic skills, introduce the scientific method, and allow them to express themselves creatively through art, music, writing, and social interaction.