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Ashby Academy Preschool

2101 Carlton Drive
New Albany, IN 47150

(812) 948-8776


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

When you see a child playing the child is not "just playing" . Children learn by playing! They need to touch it ,smell it, taste it, test it out, hear it and see it to learn it!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Alphabet kits
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Many items to count as well as many games that promote math
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Vegetable garden each year
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Indoor slide,rock wall and ball pit
Other subjects taught Ashby Academy has a vegetable garden the children help take care of and we use the vegetables for recipes. We often have "chef Day" where the children learn to foods such as bread, tacos and much more. We incorporate healthy choices into these lessons.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe children should be allowed to learn and grow in a safe environment.

We want to help each child grow and learn at their own level.

We believe children learn best by experiencing.

We accomplish this with structured play,free play,learning toys and so much more!

We believe children learn best by touching, seeing, hearing & tasting. Doing" papers" is fine and we do use this type of learning but only after we have experienced things and had fun with it!

No child is ever forced to learn by sitting in front of a worksheet!
Children do NOT learn best this way! Forcing a child to sit in front of a worksheet is not only stressful to them but they will NOT remember what they did. Some children do love to do worksheets and that is great but they remember and learn better when they have fun playing first!

An example of this would be:
Pumpkin Exploration
We take a pumpkin, cut the top off
We give the children a magnifying glass, spoons, and other objects
Then we set them free to explore the pumpkin!

What they learn from this one simple activity:
They use all 5 senses to smell the pumpkin, most times a very new smell to small children
They see the shape, color and the difference between the inside and outside, they also use the magnifying glass to get a close look as well as different tools to explore the best way to remove the insides of the pumpkin!
They hear the hollow sound when they tap the pumpkin.
They feel the hard outside and the cold and mushy inside.
They can taste the pumpkin seeds that we bake after they remove them and also taste pumpkin bread we make from pumpkins.

In Early Education we can use this one activity to promote several subjects, Science, Math & Language skills! We also use creative art to design and decorate our pumpkins!

We get messy and we have fun!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We talk with our parents each day. We also have two conferences per year. We send weekly notes home as well as a monthly newsletter. We have parent orientation night to explain preschool and how we teach preschool. We have a get to know us night for the kids and parents before the first day of school begins. In the fall we have open house with our preschool families.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Seperation Aniexty can be hard for parents and children. We suggest parents make their drop off routine short and sweet. We suggest parents give the child a time they will return such as " I love you, I am going to work, I will be back to get you when you have finshed eating lunch." In our experience we have found that this routine works best for the children. Children can also bring photos of family to keep in their cubby as well as a security blamket or item that makes them feel better to keep with them while at school.