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My Second Home

20 Pleasant Ridge Drive
Baltimore, MD 21117

(410) 902-1151


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children are recognized as unique individuals here and we seek to stimulate growth and development through a variety of sensory experiences. Our program is designed to foster this growth by using an integrated curriculum approach that challenges the whole child while providing activities in the areas of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

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
  • Writing Center in each preschool classroom
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, folder games, unit blocks, pattern blocks
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • Several classes plant gardens, have nature walks, science centers
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • songs, fingerplays, CD & Tape players
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Open-ended art using varied media
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • 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
  • Two large playgrounds exceptionally equipped
Other subjects taught We offer Spanish lessons, and gymnastics.

From the Director:

Each classroom has specific Learning centers set up. As children rotate through the centers they have the oppportunity to learn and grow through a diversity of ideas, concepts and skills. Some are designed to develop large and small motor skills, while others are more academically oriented. Activities alternate between those that are teacher and child directed.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We accept children with special needs, English as the second, some physical handicaps - Teachers dedicate individual and peer group time, as well as parent involvement. When deemed necessary, we use outside resourses, such as the Infants and Toddlers program (Balto. Co.) and Project ACT/Abilities Network.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our purpose is to provide the highest quality childcare and preschool education in a secure, nurturing and stimulating environment. Our most important priority is your child, and we strive to assure that your child's experience at My Second Home of Owings Mills is educational, fun and safe.

A Typical Day

Our program is a discovery-based Learning experience that gives a child the opportunity to develop at his or her own level of interest and ability. Our varied Learning centers include areas of discovery and participation in: Computers, Dramatic Play, Science, Sensory, Library, Music & Dance, Outdoor Playgrounds, Math, Blocks, Small Manipulatives, Art, Language, Social Studies.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletters, parent meetings Bi-monthly, parent-teacher conferences fall and spring, daily written notes, work sampling and portfolios, parent-child activities sent weekly by Pre-K teachers, learning goals are established and posted, lesson plans posted weekly in every classroom. We gather information from local schools and encourage parents to schedule a meeting after the regularly scheduled parent-teacher meeting.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to arrange their schedule to stay for a while the first week, or to come and visit with the child several mornings before starting. Teachers assign a 'buddy' to help the child feel part of the group. We ask for pictures of the family for the child's cubby.