Our Infant program offers care for little ones beginning at 3 months through approximately 12-15 months old. We provide the materials and experiences for our little seedlings to develop and learn about the world around them in a safe and nurturing environment. We follow the gentle parenting method and express understanding, empathy and respect towards infants and their needs by responding to any crying or fussing as fast as possible. We partner with parents and will do our best to accommodate your little one in any way that you see fit. Our infants do not just lay around all day. When they are awake we try to get them on the swings in the fresh air, or on a blanket in the grass and while inside expose them to various age appropriate toys, books, and activities. As infants become mobile we provide safe open spaces for them to move and crawl. A digital report will be maintained documenting what each child ate, when they slept and when they wet or soiled a diaper. Use of equipment that restricts movements, such as swings and bouncy chairs is limited as much as possible and is used for no more than 15 minutes at a time because we try to limit our use of body-restricting items as they are not cohesive with our vision or the Montessori Method.
Infants will also take part in art and music & movement enrichment time with their teachers!
We do our best to support and accommodate nursing mothers. Please ask if you are needing any special accommodations and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Our mission as a natural minded child care facility is to be eco-friendly and chemical free so we do accept both cloth and disposable diapers.
EMERGENT TODDLER PROGRAM
Our Emergent Toddler program offers care for children from about 12-15 months to 2 years old. These ages are approximate because classroom transitions are ultimately based on child development. We begin to assist children in transitioning to a single nap and classroom routine around 15-18 months once they begin showing signs of readiness. We also begin standing changes (diaper changes in the upright position) to help children prepare for potty training. Our compassionate and creative teachers will provide your walking youngsters with safe age appropriate works, and nature focused new experiences. Morning meeting and independent work time will be conducted every morning during program time from 8:30am-11:30pm. Children will have the opportunity to learn through a variety of materials cohesive with the theme of the week. Activities will be provided that incorporate large and small muscle development, practical life, art, and sensorial focus areas. Developmentally appropriate Montessori works will be introduced into the classroom for children to master and Teachers will take anecdotal records and keep a progress report to track each Child's progress. Your Child will take part in art, music and movement, yoga, and sensorial and dramatic play enrichment activities every afternoon.
Our Toddler program is for children ages 2-3 years old and runs through the school year. We focus on fostering children’s love of curiosity and learning. Our Montessori inspired curriculum incorporates the “whole child” approach. Our classroom leverages toddlers natural drive to act independently through a prepared environment with self-correcting activities. This insures that children can learn at their own pace and about the things they find most intriguing, allowing them to develop to their full potential as independent, critical thinkers. Toddler age children will have the opportunity to play and explore their surroundings through nature based and self-correcting Montessori and pre-Montessori materials. They will be given many learning experiences in a variety of developmental areas that are age appropriate. Daily activities will include math, science, large and small muscle development, art, sensorial, practical life and literacy. New Montessori works will be introduced and demonstrated in the classroom for children to explore as they become developmentally ready. Additional enrichment activities will also be offered on a regularly scheduled weekly basis including yoga, cooking, music & movement & nature exploration. Teachers will complete observation based progress reports and conferences will be held two times each school year so that parents have a solid grasp on how their child is progressing.
JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM (3K ONLY)
Our 3K Junior Kindergarten Program is for children age 3 by September 1st who are potty trained. Our 3K Junior Kindergarten Program is a Montessori based program in which we emphasize outdoor learning and nature inspired activities while preparing your child for Kindergarten. This is a multi-age classroom and 3K students share the classroom with 4K students enrolled in our Charter School New Leaf Prep Academy. Our classroom is set up so children can be independent learners. More advanced works are introduced as children become developmentally ready. The classroom has areas for Practical Life skills, Sensorial, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Culture. We also have dedicated space for dramatic play and Art. Activities in each area get progressively more complex building as the child works their way through the curriculum. Uninterrupted work-time is another hallmark of the Montessori philosophy that is incorporated in our program, and gives children the time they need to focus on a task until they feel it is complete. Teachers will complete observation based progress reports and conferences will be held two times each school year so that parents have a solid grasp on how their child is progressing. Preschool age children will have the opportunities to play and explore their surroundings through nature based and self-correcting materials. They will be given many learning experiences in a variety of developmental areas that are age appropriate. Daily activities will include math, science, large and small muscle movement, art, and literacy. Additional enrichment activities will also be offered on a regularly scheduled weekly basis such as yoga, cooking, music & movement, and nature exploration.
We will spend the summer immersed in nature with our campers! New Leaf Preschool Summer Camp is composed of 3 different levels sure to make your child’s summer one to remember at any age! Our summer camp features field trips, water days & special nature exploration activities to help your child build on their agility and survival skills! Your child will also be busy helping to grow, harvest & prepare their own food as well as other activities cohesive with survival, homesteading, & practical life!
LEVEL 1- TODDLER CAMP
Our level 1 camp is for children who are 2-3 years old.
LEVEL 2- PRESCHOOL CAMP
Our level 2 camp is for children who are 3 and fully potty trained.
LEVEL 3- SCHOOL-AGE CAMP
Our level 3 camp is for children who have already attended Kindergarten- 12 years old.