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EDUCATION

Why 'more' matters.

W H AT T O C O N S I D E R W H E N C H O O S I N G T H E R I G H T S C H O O L F O R YO U R YO U N G C H I L D

When you begin to consider where you would like to start your
child's education, ask yourself: Are the teachers experienced
professionals? Does the curriculum offer daily world language
instruction, daily physical education, music, and art? And finally,
are the facilities suited to a child's developmental success?
AS PARENTS, WE WANT TO GIVE OUR CHILD THE VERY BEST STAR T IN LIFE. Where and when his or her

formal education begins are likely two of the most belabored decisions that parents make-and, rightfully so.
There are many benefits of having a child attend a preschool program: acclimating to group dynamics, introducing the concept of classroom work, and readying a child's intellect for Kindergarten-to name a few.
So, at this age, when class activities
are more socially rather than academically
focused, does it really matter whether
or not you send your child to an "actual
school," to a preschool/daycare program at
a local church or community center, or a forprofit preschool? Quite simply, the answer is,
'yes.' An academic institution, such as North
Cross School, offers well-rounded programs,
taught by career educators, who often hold
advanced degrees, and they do so in a facility
designed specifically for a child's education.
North Cross School, an independent
pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade
school in Roanoke, has established a curriculum for its Early Childhood Program
(commonly referred to as "ECP") that takes
full advantage of its position within a larger Lower School curriculum. Programming
that exists for older students in daily Spanish,
physical education, music and the arts, is extended to our youngest students. For example, because these early learners take part in
daily Spanish, they are academically primed
for their Kindergarten year with the same
Spanish teacher, more so than a typical student entering North Cross for the first time
that year.
Students at this age also benefit from
the facilities that a larger school affords.
The Carter Athletic Center, with its 6-lane,
25-yard, heated indoor pool, is home to
swimming lessons that are a part of the fall

ECP schedule, integrated as part of a student's physical education period. Fishburn
Auditorium hosts young audiences so they
can watch the 'big kids' perform in musicals
such as My Son Pinocchio, Jr. or Alice in Wonderland, Jr. The Lower School music room
features a full suite of instruments, including African marimbas and steel drums, so
students can hear sounds from all over the
globe. Hancock Library welcomes these students weekly for story time and to check out
books for their classroom. Our director of
guidance and her teddy bear friend, Winston,
encourage self esteem, respect and healthy
conflict resolution through storytelling and
discussion that is built into the curriculum.
Four-year-olds have the added benefit of the
mentorship provided by their twelfth-grade
'senior buddy' with whom they form a close
bond over the year through group activities.
If our goal as parents is in fact to give
our child the very best start in life, this start
should take place with the very best teachers,
in the very best environment-one that provides our child with a well-rounded, multifaceted educational experience from her first
day of preschool to the day she receives her
high school diploma.
When you begin to consider where you
would like to start your child's education,
ask yourself: are the teachers experienced
professionals with degrees in early childhood
education? Does the curriculum offer daily
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Public speaking is integrated into
every level of the curriculum at
North Cross School. Here, the
first grade presents "Welcome to
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Spanish, physical education, music, and art
with dedicated subject teachers? And finally,
are the facilities suited to a child's developmental success, including a pool, gymnasium, library, and computer laboratory? At
North Cross, the answer is 'yes' to each of
these questions, which is perhaps why for
the third year in a row, North Cross was selected as the Roanoker's Platinum winner for
best preschool and the best private school.

North Cross School is Roanoke's
only independent PreK - grade
12 school and is accredited
by the Virginia Association for
Independent Schools. For more
information on its early childhood education program visit:
northcross.org


http://www.northcross.org

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