Preschool in New York, NY 10003
130 East 16 Street
New York, NY 10003
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Beginnings a Toddler Program and Nursery School strives to create a nurturing and stimulating environment grounded in respect for children and the ways that they learn. With a strong belief in childrens innate curiosity and desire to challenge themselves we are committed to promoting childrens sense of competence creativity and awareness of others. We believe that a supportive community of peers parents and teachers is essential to childrens development as individuals and members of a group.
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We believe that children learn best when they feel valued and respected and when they are motivated and passionate about what they are doing. Listening carefully to children and observing their interactions with each other and their environment helps us to learn about what interests them. Based on observation and an understanding of child development we guide children to investigate and express their ideas and theories about the world. (For examples of in-depth investigations click on Program)
The basis of these investigations is the collaborative process as children work together in small groups to make discoveries or achieve a common purpose. This process helps them develop critical skills such as problem-solving perseverance expressing oneself and listening to others. Teachers place a strong emphasis on the social learning that takes place in the classroom. at all ages we encourage children to become aware of how their actions and words affect the people around them and help them learn how to support and respect one another.
Since 1999 we have been studying the innovative preschool programs in the cities of Reggio Emilia and Pistoia Italy. Their philosophy emphasizes childrens competency and ability to construct their own knowledge through in-depth investigation and research.
One aspect of this approach that we are focusing on is the documentation of our work in the classroom. Through words photographs and video teachers interpret and reflect on childrens learning experiences. Documentation enables parents to learn about their childrens work and to feel connected to what is happening in the classroom. It allows teachers to articulate their thinking about childrens ongoing investigations and to determine future directions for them. It helps children to remember their ideas and shared experiences and to know that these are valued. (For more information about Reggio Emilia click on Resources)