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Sunflower Academy/Park Slope

238 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone:
(646) 642-3439

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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
  • Tapes with stories
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Toys
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
  • Train station
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
  • Nature class, every week are new arrivals.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music class every week with music teacher.
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
  • Dance and yoga classes once a week.
Other subjects taught We have daily preschool classes (from Mother Goose curiculim with circle time and craft time).

From the Director:

We have classes such as: African dance, Yoga, music and nature (45 minutes each) and we give children the possibility to play, run, jump outside in our backyard.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is one of early socialization, that by allowing children to learn and play together in a group setting. Provide safe and rich programs and environment for children.

A Typical Day

8-9 children arrive
9 - first circle time
9:30 - breakfast
10 - second circle time or class of dance, yoga, music or nature
11-11:30 - outside
12 - lunch
12:30-3 - nap
3-4 - free time
4 - snack
4-4:30 - craft
4:30-5 - outdoor

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Emails and letters. If needed, we may arrange parent-teacher meetings. A report card is giving every.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The first week is a zero week. Child comes for one hour and increases the hours gradually. By the end of the first week, child can stay full day.