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Treasure Island

347 74th Street - 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209

(718) 238-7676


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Structure is seen as key and essential to provide children with a reliable framework of routines that help children have a sense of predictability, and help children have a sense of control. Within this structure, children are empowered to be decision makers as they are offered many choices that will promote learning through their interest.

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 Our students are very diverse and diversity is seen as a key and essential part of a young child's learning experience. Awareness and embracing diversity is achieved through play, different celebrations and stories as well as play props found in the classroom. In addition to diversity learning, children are engaged in a music and zumba program weekly.

From the Director:

We believe that all children learn differently and therefore we provide children with both teacher initiated as well as child initiated activities. Activities are presented through a theme-based approach to learning with activities integrated throughout all centers in the class.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers individualized planning is guided by an IEP or their assessment of the child using the Creative Curriculum Continuum. Individualized teaching is incorporated through use of materials, one to one, or small group activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our program is designed to empower children and create a love for learning. The program is designed to build upon children's natural curiosity about the world. The children are provided with opportunities to learn more about themselves, their peers and the world through play and activities that promote exploration and self-discovery. The program empowers children to develop a unique sense of self, build self-confidence and motivate children's passion for learning.

A Typical Day

Children will be provided with ample opportunities for learning and socialization. Children will learn from teachers as well as from each other. Children will be part of mealtimes, group time, center time as well as outdoor time. Outdoor time is given for an hour in the morning and the afternoon. This time will be adjusted depending on the weather. Outdoor time and fresh air is viewed as essential to a child's overall preschool experience.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents always have access to teachers and director. Parents are told about the child's day on a daily basis. If there are issues that need to be discussed in greater detail , then a meeting will be scheduled that will accommodate parents, teachers, and director. Parents receive information about what is going on in their children's class through newsletters and a classroom website. Further, there are two annual formal parent teacher conferences.Advice is given to parents who seek it. To strength the home school connection each class has a webpage that lists the days events and pictures of what children are doing. All children whose parents have consented to the posting of pictures will be on the webpage.

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 is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation issues are handled with a great deal of sensitivity. If a parents' schedule permits, we recommend easing the children into the program by starting with only a few hours. Parents are welcome to stay at the school if they so wish but it is not highly recommended as prolonged goodbyes may at times be more harmful than useful.