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holmdel preschool

674 n beers st
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Phone:
(732) 888-1919

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Small group instruction based upon abilities insures success for all both advanced learners, regular paced learners and slow learners. Hands on materials allow children to enjoy and have fun while learning and moving from concrete to more abstract concepts. Specially designed materials along with books, workbooks, texts, leveled readers and periodicals round out the program.

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
  • leveled readers, phonics kits, speicalized learning materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • kits, hands on esources, texts, workbooks, play materials and games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • pattern blocks, charts, graphs, unifix materials, deans materials, kits
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
  • science educators, digital microscope, robotics, digital camera, hands on materials
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
  • museum educators doing special programming
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
  • parchutes, balance beams, dynamic fitnes for kids program with special educators
Other subjects taught foreign language computer

From the Director:

Hands on approach using a variety of modalities to reach all learners

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All of our classes cater to the developmental needs of each child ensuring they reach their highest level of potential by grouping children by their abilities and allowing them the materials and instruction they need to move on to the next level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Small class sizes, hands on materials, latest research and specialist teachers provide a well rounded and in depth fun hands on learning experience using the latest research to provide a dynamic and enjoyable program.

A Typical Day

Circle time
Math
problem solving
critical thinking
numeration
estimation
operations
language and vocabulary

Pre reading
sequencing
noting details
visual discrimnation
literacy
phonics
decoding and encoding
handwriting

Computer

Cultural studies

Science

Outdoor Play

Music and movement

Literacy and storytime
weekly readers, Let's Find out and Science Spin

Guests, hows and special visitors

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have monthly postings of all activities on our calendar, parents are met and greeted by teachers each day so there is on going communication and updates, there are portfolios kept on each child, there are formal assesments and reports given to the parents three times a year and parent teacher conferences are hel twice per year on a formal basis
There are parent education classes throughout the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We deal with this on a case by case basis offering the parent a variety of options for their comfort as well as the child's during the period of transition from home to school. this can range from parents in the classroom, abbrievated schedules, security blankets or buddies, phone calls, visiting with siblings, etc.