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Dynamic Beginnings

191 Barnard Rd
Larchmont, NY 10538

(914) 834-0262


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Recognizing that most preschool children have had limited contact with others
outside of their home, the goal of Dynamic Beginnings is to create a caring
environment in which engaging in structured and non-structured activities
that expand their social, emotional and cognitive skills.
To achieve this goal, each day we follow set routines (which may be adjusted from time to time). These routines emphasize cooperative activities around creative tasks.
This program is unique in that the program Director Geraldine OGAN-KAPLAN
(who is both a teacher with a Master's degree in early childhood education and
certified nutritionist) integrates foods activities into the early childhood

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Program"
THE ARRIVAL/Health check
snack time/toileting/circle time
The Great Outdoors
art session
cooking/foods activity

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year