NorthPointe is excited to welcome preschoolers into our new Intergenerational Preschool within Vista Springs Riverside Gardens, a planned assisted living community just blocks from our elementary school. Our young students will learn in a bright preschool classroom equipped with a multitude of hands-on activities and interactions with Vista Springs residents.
Young students will create, share and listen to stories with their elder friends. Stories are woven into preschool themes and seasons and will enhance learning across curriculum content.
The daily classroom schedule will include gathering time, reading, learning centers, stories, and outdoor play. Preschoolers will also participate in planned intergenerational activities. These may include working together in learning centers, reading time, gardening, or other special projects.
Creating, Sharing, Listening, Reflecting, and Caring are the building blocks used to “bridge the gap” between young and old. Intergenerational relationships developed around these principles teach a child how to create confidently, share willingly, listen intently, reflect thoughtfully, and care wholeheartedly. These characteristics lay a solid foundation for students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.
This academic environment prepares children for kindergarten and encourages a love for learning and discovery. Early childhood academic standards are taught through authentic learning experiences within a Christ-centered curriculum that includes intentional intergenerational interactions and activities.
Research shows the benefits of intergenerational preschools include improved communication and emotional skills, enhanced literacy, increased autonomy, and positive behavior and self-regulation. These experiences in early childhood also help these young students see the intricate needs of the elderly and influence their care in adulthood for the elderly. For NorthPointe, an intergenerational preschool aligns perfectly with our mission of "equipping students to impact their world for Jesus Christ." Not only are our four year olds going to be more equipped academically and emotionally down the road, but they are able to make an impact in the lives of their senior friends today.
We are currently enrolling students who will be turning four by December 1st.
Intergenerational Preschool meets Monday - Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Students may enroll anywhere from two mornings of their choosing to 5 full days. Students enrolled in full days will be transported to NorthPointe Preschool and Elementary campus for the afternoon.
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(just blocks away from NorthPointe Christian Preschool & Elementary building)
Vista Springs Riverside Gardens
2420 Coit Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Enrollment or Questions
NorthPointe is currently accepting applications for our Intergenerational Preschool. Contact Kate Hilts at 616-363-4869 or email Kate by clicking here for details, questions, or to set up a personal tour. Or click below to request more info and we will get back to you shortly!