Nobel Child Center was founded by three experienced kindergarten teachers who apply the most current developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate your child's successful transition from preschool to kindergarten.
Nobel Child Center recognizes and supports your child's emerging learning style which will foster a can-do attitude and a willingness to take risks. Our caring, insightful teachers use a variety of strategies, methods, materials and management tools to ensure that differences in learning styles are honored so that every child can master the skills necessary to reach their full potential. With differentiating activities, we are able to maintain high expectations and standards with a rigorous curriculum for all students.
Language & Literacy
Emergent Reading Skills and Phonological Awareness are introduced through interactive read alouds and shared big-book readings to build a community of enthusiastic young readers. Fiction and non-fiction texts are used daily to model reading with expression and increase children's
awareness of the concepts of print while strengthening their thinking skills. These instructive lessons are designed to introduce our students to comprehension strategies such as making meaningful connections, predicting, questioning, and painting mental pictures - all of which enable children to become lifelong readers. These skills are developed further in small literacy groups with guided instruction. Children play phonics games to build sight word vocabulary and use leveled books to develop confidence in their emergent reading. Opportunities abound for the children to practice "independent reading" at the library corner with partners or favorite stuffed animals to help develop their love of books and reading.
Oral Language Development occurs naturally throughout the day in a child-centered classroom. Our students are encouraged to explore and communicate their ideas through story telling and drama. Children love to interpret their favorite stories by acting them out or using puppets. More opportunities for them to express themselves using oral language occur as children find joy in listening and dancing to music, singing songs and reciting poetry. All of these experiences
provide valuable opportunities to develop foundational literacy skills such as topic understanding, vocabulary, story construction, and recall.
Early Writing is fostered in our students by acknowledging that they are filled with their own stories to express and a desire to share what they know and see with the world. To help children connect to the writer inside of them and express themselves on paper, we support young children's authorship by encouraging them to write and illustrate books, journal entries, and other purposeful texts during writing workshop. Working side by side with students gives us the opportunity to nurture our young writers' ability to make sense of their writing and refine how they represent sounds, ideas, and images through written text and illustrations. It is wonderful to see young children celebrate their writings by sharing their work with each other. Through these strategies, our little ones can develop powerful understandings about texts and their characteristics, the writing process, and what it means to be a writer.
Young children's knowledge about math develops over time. During a teacher-directed math lesson a concept is introduced or reviewed and then followed by individual or partner practice. Nobel students have a wide variety of math materials and games available to explore individually or with partners, which will help them make sense of the lesson or extend their understanding. Many of our everyday activities naturally incorporate math concepts to make learning enjoyable and relevant. When children build, sort, count, collect data, and measure, they are constructing a deep understanding of mathematical ideas such as number sense, making comparisons and spacial awareness. As children enjoy dramatic play and our cooking projects, we make sure they are aware of the underlying mathematical processes. Children discover the connection between math and art when they create projects using symmetry and design, and between math and music when working with rhythms and patterns. As always, we strive to make math fun and meaningful here at Nobel Child Center!
Many of the skills and habits of scientific thinking are inherently part of children's play.
Nobel Child Center uses play as opportunities to engage young learners in scientific inquiry.
Concept development first occurs during open explorations, where our children are free to build upon their ideas while interacting with materials and observing the results of their interactions. As we observe our students at play, we then assess what is needed to refine and extend their understanding. Our approach, which uses structured thinking, logic, and language used in the scientific method, enables children to develop deeper scientific concepts. For instance, when a child plays at the water table, she is experiencing the properties of water as a liquid when she pours it into different sized containers. To extend her experiences with water, we can ask questions to help focus her initial observations and direct her thinking towards the scientific concepts of volume and capacity.
We also support young children's scientific thinking and inquiry through a science component in many of our unit themes and projects. Nobel Child Center incorporates S.T.E.M. based lessons that pose real world problems for children to collaboratively conduct experiments and test their hypotheses by collecting, recording, and analyzing data. Asking pertinent questions to help them summarize their understanding and share their discoveries with one another, enables the children to use this knowledge to improve their original designs.
In a world that is rapidly becoming more mobile, it is imperative that the next generation thinks in a global frame of mind. At Nobel we encourage children to explore complex solutions to many of the problems we face in our community, both locally and internationally. Nobel teachers boost child responsibility and self-initiative by placing the duty of problem-solving classroom disputes back on the children involved. Through role-playing and observation children become engaged in thinking through another person's perspective, and are able to accomplish the feat of creating a resolution using empathy and logic.