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The Preschool Experience

The Northwood Preschool Experience

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. 

  • Arrival
  • Morning Meeting
  • Interest areas (Child-Initiated Play)
  • Large Group (Literacy)
  • Outdoor play
  • Snack
  • Projects
  • 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.

View Teaching Strategies GOLD

View Iowa Early Learning Standards

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