Empowering Students for Life
Ages 2 to 3
The IAWV preschool classroom provides safe and structured care infused with academic enrichment for growing toddlers. This classroom follows Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum is based on the theory that all children learn through doing. In this class, the approach to learning will be based on the individuality and interests of the students. In addition to academics, we will also heavily emphasize strong and healthy relationships in a social atmosphere, paving the foundation for an appreciation of learning.
The preschool classroom will operate under many broad themes week to week that foster the 3 major categories of development.
Social/emotional- Means the strengthening of experience and emotion management.
Within this classroom, each child will have ample opportunities to play with and alongside peers, have access to dramatic play areas, and be encouraged to learn about and work through their emotions. This experience rich environment will allow sense of self, individuality, and confidence to soar.
Small/gross motor- means the physical growth and strengthening of a child's bones, muscles and ability to move and touch their surroundings.
Toddlers in the preschool program will experience constant fine and gross motor exercises. Physical growth is quite rapid at this age and movement is imperative. Children will be given endless opportunities to develop self-awareness through manipulating materials with their hands and full body play.
Cognitive/creative/academic development- Means the understanding of age-appropriate concepts and the ability to think and reason.
Preschool age is when early literacy and early mathematic skills are founded. Your child will be exposed to letters, numbers and shapes through play and age-appropriate activities. Students will be encouraged to creatively express themselves through various materials in art, science, math and roleplay.
Every activity planned for our students is done so with their development and safety in mind. In addition to dividing activities into these 3 categories for optimal development, it’s also important to track your toddler’s progress throughout their preschool experience.
Ages 4 to 5
In the Primary Level classroom, students are given the freedom to learn how to successfully accomplish tasks on their own. Not only does this develop their independence and individual style of learning, it fosters an internal motivation to learn, explore, and grow as a person. Our curriculum spans many learning subjects including Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural. In these subject areas, students build concentration, coordination, and independence, which in turn develops a lifelong passion for learning through hands on education.
Lower Elementary Level
Ages 6 to 9
The IAWV Elementary Lower Elementary classroom provides a strong academic continuum for the intellectually curious student. Lower Elementary consists of children in 1st- 3rd grade and fosters independence of thought and a love learning through:
Hands on learning and individualized learning within a multi-aged classroom setting,
Freedom to roam within the classroom and through the curriculum, while still maintaining state standards and requirements.
Robust curriculum spanning a three-year cycle of learning rooted in Montessori and enriched by student and teacher areas of passion and interest.
Focus on the care and development of self, others, and the learning environment.
This engaging elementary program instills in children a love of learning through a variety of teaching methods and independent exploration and experimentation. Concepts continue to be introduced through concrete materials until a student demonstrates that they are capable of more abstract understanding. Classroom projects are often inquiry-based, requiring the children to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. All this good work is going on while each child is being met where they are in their educational journey. With a deep commitment to honoring the gifts and needs of each individual student, children are free to learn at their own pace and take ownership of their learning.