Preschool in New York, NY 10007
6-10 Barclay Street
New York, NY 10007
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Our age appropriate social atmosphere allows the children to feel comfortable and secure. We focus on personal development and let each child learn and discover at his or her own pace. Learning becomes a positive experience. The children can participate in the various activity centers in their classes. For example children can read in the library area paint in the art area build a beautiful structure of blocks work with puzzles in the language arts area observe and categorize shells in the science center or become firefighters or teachers in the dramatic play area. at The Park Preschool and The Barclay Street School a child can be a child the learning process happens naturally.
All children possess great creative potential. They are curious by nature. They learn best by experience as adults do and benefit the most when given the opportunity to experiment discover and express their original ideas in a free and open environment. at The Barclay Street School the personal triumphs of each individual are highly cherished. Like Piaget the teachers here believe that children think by doing. at The Park Preschool and The Barclay Street School children learn by playing. Play is their work.
The Park Preschool and The Barclay Street School encourage the involvement of the family unit in school. On occasion a family member can be found cooking reading or teaching a special class to the children. This type of commitment on the part of the families is wonderful. It promotes open communication between the families and the teachers and is essential to our schools continuous development.
Our goal at The Park Preschool and The Barclay Street School is to address diversity in the least restrictive environment creating an inclusive setting that helps all children become self-confident individuals. Within our supportive environment your child can acquire a solid sense of security a positive self-image and a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
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The Park Preschool and The Barclay Street School serve children from two years of age to five years of age. The belief that children learn through play is the guiding principle The Park Preschool was founded on and has maintained since its inception in 1989. Over the past 18 years we have developed a philosophy and curriculum that nurtures each childs potential growth and development and instills in the children a love for learning and a desire for discovery and challenge. With the fall 2008 opening of The Barclay Street School we will be able to share this aspiration for knowledge with our growing community.
The teachers at The Park Preschool and The Barclay Street School will foster each childs independent thinking skills and thus help the children become self-confident as they become sensitive to the world around them. We give them freedom let them try let them fail encourage them let them succeed and rejoice with them!
In our mixed age group setting the younger children model appropriate social and academic strategies by watching their older peers. Mixed age groups of two through five year olds learn how to care help work play and cooperate with each other. Children learn from one another as they interact in a school setting. Their social and intellectual development is enhanced by this method of age grouping. The older children help the younger ones with various problems and activities which allows the younger children to become more independent and not to rely totally on adults. The older children learn to be patient and tolerant of others especially as the younger children learn accepted social behaviors. Older children reinforce (emerging) concepts they have learned or are developing by teaching their peers. Younger children model appropriate social and academic strategies by watching their older peers. Learning in a mixed age group stimulates greater interest and encourages cooperation. The younger children learn through observation of the older children. The older student also has the opportunity to become a leader and reinforce their knowledge as they help their younger friends. Mixed age groups enhance both younger and older childrens motivation and self confidence. This legacy of responsibility and helping others is the focal point of the mixed age-group setting.