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Honey Dew Drop

277 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone:
(718) 788-9633

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Sensory activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Matching and size games
Time & space more

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  • 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
  • CD/Cassette Player
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Collapsible slides
Other subjects taught Daily routines are very inmportant for the 1-3 age group. So we work with children in mastering these routines throughout the day to help them grow independence and self-confidence. We also celebrate cultural holidays - that we build into a curriculum - that covers all the different areas through activities

From the Director:

Our approach is largely based on developmentally appropriate curriculum. We allow the children to follow their interests and we also expose them to what is developmentally appropriate and ahead for each child. And because it's a mixed age group, the younger children can see for themselves what is developmentally ahead for them. And the older children become leaders and grow compassion for the younger children. And all together they build a community of friends and family outside their own home.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In working with the age group of 1-3, there really is no such thing as being behind. Each child is unique and if a child is developmentally not quite where his/her peers are, we work with them individually and with focus. But there is no pressure in making everyone be at the same 'level'.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Honeydew Drop Childcare is a unique family daycare with an exciting program with a flexible schedule. Their curriculum is child centered and is specifically designed to keep children from the ages of 10 months to 3 years stimulated and educated. This special daycare is the perfect balance between a family daycare and a regular daycare. The staff provides a mix of parental affection and professional demeanor. They introduce letters, counting and patterns through fun-filled games and toys. They encourage the children's discovery of the world through their senses. They achieve this through rice play and water play indoors and outdoors. They can play in the backyard or go for long walks in the neighborhood. And in the midst of free play, the children get plenty of hugs and one to one attention

A Typical Day

8-9 Arrival and free play

9-9:15 Breakfast

9:15-9:30 Free Play

9:30-10 Circle

10-10:30 Table toys, blocks or puzzles

10:30-11 snack and diaper changing

11-12 Outdoor time or movement activities inside

12-12:15 Lunch

12:15-2:30 Nap

2:30-3 Diaper changing and Snack

3-3:30 Free Play and pickup of morning kids

3:30-4 Circle

4-4:30 Arts and Crafts or Sensory

4:30-5 Snack and Diaper changing

5-6 Free Play and Pickup of Children

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-Teacher Meeting, Quarterly General Parent Meeting, Newsletter, Monthly note from the director talking about curriculum goals and activities

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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We talk about it to the child, telling him/her about their new school and how exciting it is. Then we have a big party and give him lots of toys and books to remember us by.