Preschool in New York, NY 10014
134-136 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10014
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It is our purpose to create a nurturing and happy environment so that the word ‘school’ will have only the most pleasant associations.
As parents ourselves we have experienced the need for a center such as ours when our child was small a stimulating place with challenging activities where children received love and attention while we had a chance to rest work or make time for ourselves in other ways.
Our center is a place where parents find support and reassuring opportunities to talk to the directors the teachers and other parents especially during those minor difficult but normal periods in young children’s growth when it is so very important to discover that “this too shall pass.”
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1. We emphasize the importance of observing the children and following their “sensitive” periods when they are most receptive to learning. If a child shows an early interest in learning to read we have the resources to make it happen. We believe there is no arbitrary age for reading acquisition. Using the child’s cue as our guide we avoid pressure in any direction. Children must grow and learn at their own pace.
2. We believe learning and play should be integrated. Phonics for example is taught through many songs and games. Science is introduced with hands-on activities.
3. We believe in learning through discovery with sand and water projects play with blocks large-scale art easel and finger-painting.
4. We respond to the children’s need for independence. They want to do things for themselves real things adult things. We provide opportunities for pouring their own juice from small pitchers preparing the fruits and vegetables for their snack hanging up their own coats on special hooks at their level washing tables and chairs and choosing their own materials from low open shelves.
5. We organize the classroom for individual as well as group work. We never insist that children join a group activity. Their right to work alone is respected. Children will join in groups when they are ready. They need to see themselves first as empowered accomplishing individuals. Here at school they do have ample opportunity to participate in group activities during outdoor play in rhythm and circle games and during snack time.
6. We favor inter-aging. Mixed-age groups provide the most natural setting for socialization. Younger children see the older ones as models. Older children have the opportunity to help the younger ones building their own competence and self esteem.
7. One of our primary objectives is to help the children create a calm cooperative classroom. We incorporate strategies that lead to mutual respect – teachers respecting children and children respecting one another. The concept of sharing is a learned skill. Through practice they gradually understand that others have rights too.
8. Above all we aim to create an atmosphere of fun – a happy secure place where children want to be.