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Union Village Nursery School

1130 Mountain Ave.
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

(908) 647-4440


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

General Approach to Learning: We provide a quality program to stimulate the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of pre-school aged children.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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
Other subjects taught ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS. These currently include Passport to Adventure Across the USA, Passport to Adventure Around the World, Petite Picassos Art Studio, Passport to Fitness Fun, and Passport to Music Melodies. Every year additional programs will be added or changed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe in the integrity of every human being. We teach and care for our children to:
* Build a good self image
*Provide a nurturing environment in which our children feel confident
* Show children the respect the natural world deserves
* Ensure a safe, clean and inviting school environment
* Maintain consistent discipline
* Model love, trust, patience and understanding
* Invite group participation and intellectual stimulation
* Expand each child‛s imagination


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year