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Ivy Hedge Early Childhood Learning Center

65 Monmouth Road
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

(732) 483-0088


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Nursery School is usually the first extended time spent away from home. Most important in sustaining this transition is an understanding teacher, sensitive to the new separation yet warm in her support for the new adventure.
All of our teachers are fully qualified with the necessary State certifications, training, and experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. They recognize an atmosphere of freedom is not created by abandoning preparation and planning but in doing even more preparation and creative planning than is necessary in the conventional classrooms of the elementary schools. Although the atmosphere in the room appears free, the teacher knows where the class is going. Every teacher believes deeply in the integrity of the individual child, and devotes much time and energy in finding out how to best direct each child to his fullest potential.
Our program centers around the child considering at all times his desires as well as his capabilities. Activities and materials are carefully chosen to help each child learn and identify, categorize and then integrate these experiences within himself which results in self-confidence and secure independence.
Recognition is given to the child's need for sufficient time to develop at his own rate and pace. With approval, understanding and many opportunities to assume responsibility for himself, each child blossoms remarkably in self-esteem and maturity.

A Typical Day

9:00 Opening Circle - Hello song, flag salute, calendar, weather, and Show and Tell
9:20 Groups - Red - Reading
Yellow - Math
10:30 to 10:40 Washing up and snacks for all groups - 10:45 Groups -
Blue - Art & Science
Green - Gym
12:00 to 12:10 Dismissal or getting ready for lunch

Beginners Daily Schedule(2 1/2 years old)
Free Play and Art
Clean up/bathroom
Outside or Gym
Group Time - games, play dough, puzzles, etc.
Music Program - singing, rhythm, marching with instruments
Stories - children are read to throughout the day
Circle Time
Dismissal or lunch
They begin at 9:00 am and for the first hour they play and do whatever each room is set up for. One room has our art program in it and the other has our computers and offers a 15 minute circle time where the children are exposed to many learning experiences.
At 10:00 each room cleans up and then they all have snack. After snack the children switch rooms. Twice a week the music teacher comes and takes them out in a group of 12 and they go to another room where they enjoy singing while the teacher plays her guitar and playing any number of musical instruments. They are also taken out for a lesson in Spanish by our Spanish teacher in small groups of eight.