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BedRock Preschool

3220 Arlington Avenue
Bronx, NY 10463

Phone:
(718) 884-0020

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Dear Prospective Families, I am delighted to welcome you to our website and provide a brief introduction of BedRock Preschool. Located on Arlington Avenue in Riverdale, BedRock Preschool is a private day school caring for children ages 3 month old through pre-kindergarten. Our state-of-the-art facilities include, preschool library, outdoor playground, allergen air filtration system, and all classrooms with natural light. We are currently accepting pre-registration forms for full day and half day programs. We are open from 7:30am to 6:30pm. We also offer enrichment classes, such as yoga, drama, music, Mandarin, Spanish, French and Hebrew. The school is founded by my husband and I, who are committed to providing our parents with high quality services. We understand the importance of helping a parent map out a pathway to successful outcomes for their children and the importance that early learning has on the development of the "whole" child. We are committed to the education of children at BedRock Preschool by meeting the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs of each individual child. Our vision and statement is to provide a strong sense of community with a nurturing, progressive educational environment where children can play and grow. Our teachers are committed to excite, motivate, and challenge young minds. Growing up in families of educators, my husband and I were both taught at a very young age the importance of discovering, learning and respect for others. Our goal is also fully committed to make every effort to develop the personal and social growth of our students. The reinforcement of fundamentals such as respect, courtesy, and good manners is part of each school day. We encourage an attitude of mutual respect and acceptance of diversity. We believe that building a solid foundation from the start is key to any future success. This website offers but a glimpse into the highlights of the full BedRock experience. We hope it will inspire you to come and experience us first hand, whether you are a prospective family, a prospective teacher, or a friend. BedRock Preschool is just minutes outside of upper Manhattan. We look forward to welcoming you here! With Warm Regards, Mego Educational Director

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Yoga, Drama, Music, Mandarin, Spanish

From the Director:

Our Promise to you... * Construct a safe and secure environment where the parent knows their child is safe and a child feels at home. * Provide the highest standard of excellence when it comes to the education and development of our families children. * Listen and respond to our families needs and the developmental needs of their children. * Learn the value of intellectual growth and make the process of discovery pleasurable. * We are all a team ensuring the development of each child's individual self first and foremost. * And finally provide our children with the highest quality of care and learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At BedRock Preschool, we recognize that the children's developmental needs should be the foundation for every choice we make in planning our curriculum. By understanding the developmental continuum between ages infant through six, teachers create age appropriate opportunities to promote positive experiences for all children to learn at their own pace while aligning to New York State Standards. Lesson plans follow standards for learning in areas including social/emotional, physical, creative expression/aesthetic, language/literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, critical thinking, and social studies.

Each classroom is physically safe, socially enhancing, emotionally nurturing, and intellectually stimulating. Our teachers recognize that children learn best when they experience the world firsthand utilizing all of their senses to participate in learning. Various classroom strategies help promote independent decision-making and self-selection while maintaining good classroom management. During learning center time, teachers encourage self-exploration by asking students various questions that focus on who, what, when, where, why and how. Centers include math, science, reading and writing, library, sand and water table, block building, dramatic play, and art area.

The nurturing, progressive educational environment where children can play and grow builds a strong sense of community. Our teachers reinforce the fundamentals such as respect, courtesy, and good manners is part of each school day. We encourage an attitude of mutual respect and acceptance of diversity.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

BedRock Preschool is Committed to:
Promoting a strong sense of COMMUNITY and celebrating student diversity. BedRock Preschool seeks a school-home collaboration where we engage families in all aspects of their child's education. A community of enthusiastically involved families is a major contributing factor to a warm, congenial atmosphere. Our children are united from various cultural backgrounds, and simply celebrating diversity of ideas, experiences, cultures and ways of learning is the cornerstone of our philosophy.

Providing a NURTURING program that unfolds the authentic spirit and character of each child while educating their hearts and minds. Our teachers seek to instill a deep and lasting academic excellence, one that prepare children to learn confidently for the rest of their lives and to give generously and joyfully to others.

Our CURRICULUM focuses on activity-based settings to educate students for academic excellence and personal integrity in a diverse coeducational community that emphasizes responsibility, stimulates collaboration, and promotes mutual respect. Students learn to have confidence, independence, high self-esteem and joy of learning.

A Typical Day

Sample Schedule for Infant/Toddler (3 - 24 Months)
Infants/toddlers typically do not follow a set schedule; however, we aim to place each child onto a similar schedule each day to help parents establish a routine. Each child will partake in the following activities listed below throughout the day.

8:30-9:00 Drop off (children and parents are welcomed)/ Table toys
9:00-9:15 Diaper change- frequently changed throughout the day
9:15-9:45 Morning bottle/Breakfast- bottles are given based on parents' instructions
9:45-11:30 Outdoor play/ Circle time/ Library/ Morning nap if needed
(Naps are flexible and vary for each child. Teachers will never wake a sleeping baby. Students will eventually acclimate to one afternoon nap.)
11:30-12:00 Story time/ Free play (ie: musical table, bouncer, mat area, tummy time)
12:00-12:45 Afternoon bottle/ Lunch
12:45-1:00 Clean up/ Diaper change
1:00-3:00 Afternoon nap/ Diaper change
3:00-3:30 Afternoon Bottle/ Snack
3:30-4:00 Outdoor play/ Library/ Specialty program ie: art, music, yoga, dance, foreign languages
4:00-4:15 Art project- all projects focus on experience (sensory) over product
4:15-5:00 Story time/ Free play/ Late afternoon bottle/ Diaper change
5:00- 5:15 Sensory activities/ Table toys
5:15-5:30 Dismissal
5:30-6:30 Mixed age group/ Night Owl


Sample Schedule for Pre-K (age 3-6)
8:30-9:00 Daily Meet-n-greet/ Manipulative play and table toys
9:00-9:15 Potty training/ Wash up for breakfast
9:15-9:45 Breakfast- Family Style
9:45-10:00 Clean up/ Potty training
10:00-10:30 Circle time/ Discussions about weekly theme and weather/ Days of the week/ Colors/ Numbers/ Flashcards/ Music
10:30-10:45 Potty training
10:45-12:00 Outdoor play/ Library/ Learning centers/ Art project
12:00-12:15 Potty Training/ Wash up for lunch
12:15-12:45 Lunch time
12:45-1:00 Weekly theme book story time/ Library
1:00-3:00 Nap time
3:00-3:15 Potty training/ Wash up for snack
3:15-3:45 Nutritious snack time/ Library
3:45- 4:15 Special activity (art, music, yoga, dance, foreign languages)
4:15- 5:00 Outdoor play/ Learning centers/ Manipulative play/ Potty training
5:00- 5:15 Review of morning circle time/ Coloring/ Sensory activities/ Table toys
5:15- 5:30 Dismissal
5:30- 6:30 Mixed age group/ Night Owl

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

BedRock Preschool is a small, warm and welcoming community, in which children are well known by the entire staff. We are a community composed of diversity of groups differentiated by gender, age, religious beliefs, cultural background, education level and interests. Frequent events draw families together to participate in the education of their children. Throughout the year, holiday shows, bake sale, book fair, teacher appreciation luncheon, auction, student music recitals, parent breakfasts are just some of the many events that take place during the year. In addition, parents are frequently welcomed into their child's classroom to read a story, do a special project, or just to visit. BedRock Preschool also has specific programs available and designed to provide information to parents about early childhood. These workshops will be posted online when they become available.

The administration and faculty consistently model the philosophy and the mission of the school, thus providing the children with essential continuity and security. BedRock Preschool seeks to have an active, giving and caring community. Through our willingness to ask questions, to listen, and to respond to all members of the community, we thrive to become a school of high standard and excellence.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first few days of school are known as "Phase-In." During a transition period children will meet their new teachers and classmates, and are gradually familiarized with school and classroom routines. Parents or guardians should stay in the classroom for about 30-45 minutes until the child is comfortable. If you are in doubt as to whether you should leave the classroom ask your child's teacher. One or both parents are expected to be available for portions of Phase-In to meet their children's teachers and to fill out appropriate forms. The length of time it takes before your child attends a full schedule will depend on the age and the individual child. Children are all unique.

Never try to sneak out while your child is engaged in an activity. Always give a kiss or hug and say "goodbye" and most importantly, always say that you're coming back. Teachers and Director are available to help any child who is having a particularly tough transition and teachers will provide necessary feedback to parents during the process.

Separation anxiety is a normal developmental stage where children experience anxiety when they are separated from their parent. Separation is a process. Some children have no separation anxiety and some children experience anxiety for several weeks. It is important to comfort the child and let them know it is okay to cry or feel upset. Teachers manage separation by utilizing proven strategies to lessen the unknown, such as classroom visitation, consistent schedules and routines, bringing familiar items from home, and creating a open and honest communication with parents.