The Northwood Preschool Experience
Northwood offers students a developmental, child centered learning environment. For each student, we provide time, choice, and differentiated opportunities to develop social, emotional, and academic abilities through authentic hands-on, minds-on learning experiences.
About our curriculum
Educators at Northwood use the Iowa Early Learning Standards as a roadmap to take the lead for your child’s individual growth and development. Our program implements the Creative Curriculum, which provides a child-centered, responsive, and comprehensive experience for each student, through opportunities for child-initiated play, literacy development, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies.
About our daily experience
The 3 and 4-year-old programs has half-day classes, four days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Morning session hours are 8:15-11:15, with afternoon session hours taking place 12:15-3:15.
- Morning Meeting
- Interest areas (Child-Initiated Play)
- Large Group (Literacy)
- Outdoor play
- Small Groups (Mathematics, Literacy, Cognitive, Writing)
- Closing Meeting
Even snack time is a learning experience!
About our instruction decisions
We assess students regularly using Teaching Strategies GOLD. This assessment provides a growth continuum for each of the learning objectives that align to the Iowa Early Learning Standards. Teachers continually collect evidence of a student’s performance in order to make instruction decisions. We share the GOLD Assessment with families during Parent Teacher Conferences two times a year and provide a final report at the end of each year in our program. This assessment is shared with Kindergarten teachers in order to provide a baseline view of student’s growth and development during their years at Northwood.