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Preucil School Of Music

2916 Northgate Dr
Iowa City, IA 52245-9570

(319) 248-1248


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe children are human beings worthy of respect. It is our goal to help each child learn as much as they can in all areas of human experience as it fosters cooperation, caring, action, intellect, knowledge and inherent motivation.
Eleanor Duckworth, teaching fellow at Harvard who authored an excellent book The Having of Wonderful Ideas, writes, “When I speak of ‘teaching,' I do not necessarily mean school teaching. By ‘teacher' I mean someone who engages learners, who seeks to involve each person wholly – mind, sense of self, sense of humor, range of interests, interactions with other people – in learning.”
As the children learn, we, as teachers, learn too. Teaching is about being "curious" about the concerns of children, their thoughts, fears, dreams and plans. It is trying to imagine the world through the eye of a four year old to help them make sense of experiences. Good teaching wonders, "How does an idea lead to a new question?" It is about what is meaningful work for a child. It is not searching for a right answer. A right answer is a dead end.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"8:45 Morning begins…
Free choice from a variety of activities such as painting, drawing, block play, clay, cooking, number games, dramatic play, woodworking, water play and science experiments.
9:45 Clean-up, wash hands.
10:00 All group meeting.
10:15 Music, small group play and snack.
11:15 Outdoors play.
12:00 Wash hands, group time, story or puppet show.
12:15 Lunch (Children bring their own.)
12:45 Parents arrive. Day ends.
Excerpted from the preschool's website