Noah’s Ark preschool is a ministry of Cedar Hills Community Church and services children who are three and four years old (by Sept 15th of the school year). Our underlining principle is that we hope to help children see that they are a special child of GOD. Our purpose is to help your child develop physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and cognitively. Our preschool aims to build a solid foundation for Kindergarten and Alternative Kindergarten.
We are a state licensed preschool with qualified and experienced teachers with small classes to best facilitate an ideal child-to-teacher ratio.
Three Year Olds
Our main goals for our three year olds are to (1) teach each child that they are a special gift from GOD; (2) teach basic social skills such as body basics, waiting turns, respect for others, and general hygiene. Hygiene includes: covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands after using the bathroom, using a tissue and disposing of it himself/herself and then cleaning hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, keeping fingers out of the mouth, etc; (3) start a basic foundation for name recognition, colors, shapes, counting, and singing ABC's; (4) promote self-help skills like hanging up a coat, putting on a coat, starting to zip/button, putting on hat/mittens/gloves; (5) Good social skills. There are the perfect foundation for building academic skills.
Four Year Olds
Our four year old program builds on our three year old program. We (1) solidify the social skills; (2) have more of a focus on academic skills such as practice writing his/her name and introducing the letter of the week program. The academic program includes listening for the sound of the letter and practicing writing the letter. Math is taught through various approaches. The children count each day and play games to develop math skills. Some math games include counting, sorting objects and placing objects in categories. These techniques are very useful and the children learn so quickly. (3) Language Development is extremely important for young children. We always have many discussions about different subjects, flannel board stories, poems, finger plays, and most importantly, books. We read books to the children every day. (4) Dramatic play and music and movement encourage free expression and also allow the children to use their imagination. We give the children many opportunities on a daily basis to use the puppets, dress up clothes, blocks, and many others. We use music to teach the children their alphabet, numbers, shapes, days of the week, and the months of the year. (5) Science experiments help children explore their surroundings. We discuss bugs, animals, rocks, trees, flowers, weather, and much more. (6) Physical Development is also included each day through using large muscle play on our playground or the children will play in the activity room. Our goal is to prepare your child for Kindergarten or Alternative Kindergarten.
All of our staff members have extensive experience working with young children and are dedicated to providing the best care and learning environment. We feel each child is a special gift from GOD and deserves individual attention and care. Every staff member receives ongoing in-service training through staff meetings and workshops held throughout the year. All of our employees have had state and federal background checks. They are trained in CPR, First Aid, Mandatory Abuse Reporting, and Universal Precautions.
Our school year is similar to Cedar Rapids Schools. However, we DO have classes when the public school has in-service days and early dismissals. Our school year runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day. We will not have school on Good Friday. We will take our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring breaks at the same time as the Cedar Rapids Comm. Schools.