The Newmeadow experience is one of active involvement. Young children learn by doing, and the Newmeadow staff use a “hands-on” approach. Activities that are enjoyable to children help to maintain their interest and provide an effective backdrop for learning.
All segments of the school day provide an intensive focus on the development of speech and language. The Newmeadow environment provides many opportunities for verbal expression using specific techniques such as verbal modeling and sentence expansion. Children must develop self confidence in conjunction with language skills. It is important for children to be confident using the verbal skills they have developed. Attention is given to the development of self-awareness and self-expression. A multi-sensory approach including cooking, movement, art, music and games allow each child to respond with the full range of their language.
The use of language and the development of self-confidence are facilitated by social and play activities. Social development is integrated into all aspects of the program. Children are encouraged to play cooperatively, to engage in conversation, and to initiate and often lead group activities. Sharing, turn-taking and concern for others is continually encouraged.
The acquisition of concepts and general achievement coincide with the development of language. Small group time includes the use of a variety of materials to develop skills in shape and color recognition, number concepts, letter recognition and language concepts. Fine motor skills are developed through the use of manipulative toys such as puzzles, beads and blocks. Coloring, cutting and printing activities enhance small muscle development. Gross motor focuses on the development of body awareness, strength, endurance, coordination, and flexibility. Motor activities include walking, jogging, climbing, exercising, ball/bean bag games, bike riding and tumbling.
At Newmeadow, we recognize the importance of working with all aspects of each child’s development. The various areas of curriculum complement each other to form a total program which provides for optimal growth. The Newmeadow program creates an environment that fosters language, produces positive attitudes, heightens enjoyment of the learning process and prepares the child for future educational challenges.