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Huggs Day School

763 President Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone:
(718) 230-5255

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At Huggs Day School there is a structure to our day, a structure to our curriculum and a structure for classroom management. This provides our children a sense of comfort and confidence through consistency. Within our structure the students make choices and decisions which promote their independence and self-confidence.|At Huggs Day School there is a structure to our day, a structure to our curriculum and a structure for classroom management. This provides our children a sense of comfort and confidence through consistency. Within our structure the students make choices and decisions which promote their independence and self-confidence.

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
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
  • 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 Physical activity and movement are also provided in our gym and private backyard.|Physical activity and movement are also provided in our gym and private backyard.

From the Director:

Books and storytelling take place every day; both during teacher-led story time and in small groups during free play. Literacy and math skills are learned when emphasized during all school activities, including art, cooking, story time, water & sand play, puppetry, etc. When children show interest and aptitude literacy and math skills are also taught during small, group teacher-led activities. |Books and storytelling take place every day; both during teacher-led story time and in small groups during free play. Literacy and math skills are learned when emphasized during all school activities, including art, cooking, story time, water & sand play, puppetry, etc. When children show interest and aptitude literacy and math skills are also taught during small, group teacher-led activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Huggs Day School provides a warm, nurturing environment for preschool children. Our youngsters' emotional and social well being are of prime importance to the teachers. We strive to make each child feel special about themselves and confident in their relationships with peers. We want each child to learn that school is a wonderful place to be! Huggs Day School provides a warm, nurturing environment for preschool children. Our youngsters' emotional and social well being are of prime importance to the teachers. We strive to make each child feel special about themselves and confident in their relationships with peers. We want each child to learn that school is a wonderful place to be!

A Typical Day

Schedule will include
play time
gym or outdoor time
snack time
circle time
story time and music time

Full-day children
lunch
rest time
play time
gym or outdoor time
snack time
circle time
story time and music time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There is a Parent Meeting a few days before school begins to meet teachers, see their child's classroom and to discuss separation and general school rules and procedures. Monthly newsletters are sent home describing what is going on in the classroom. Formal parent conferences are held mid-year but teachers are always available to schedule conferences throughout the year either in person or on the phone.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Two year olds: Abbreviated schedules for the first 2 weeks of school. A parent or caregiver must stay on first day and, thereafter, may stay until child has adjusted to school. Three and four year olds: Abbreviated schedule for first 2 days. A parent or caregiver may stay at school, in or out of the classroom, until the child has adjusted.