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Horace Mann School for Nursery Years

55 East 90th Street
New York, NY 10128

Phone:
(212) 396-4600

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • 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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

"The Nursery Division is a language-rich learning environment that supports and stimulates children while helping them to develop the skills needed for academic success. A typical day includes hands-on experience with a broad range of materials, group times that help children to develop communication and social skills, and many opportunities to exercise independent thinking and problem solving. In addition, physical education, music, science and chess, all taught by specialists, language arts enrichment and computers round out the ND program. The ND includes three age groups: 3's, 4's and kindergarten. The program supports growth in self-confidence and competence; children become active learners and effective problem solvers. The 3's program focuses on devloping language and social skills. The 4's focus on teaching and reinforcing group skillsand the development of expressive language. An emphasis on readiness skills for academic learning makes kindergarten a transitional year to the Lower Division. The ND curriculum has a core of themes or topics that provide a starting point for curriculum development. Many projects, investigations and discoveries arise from these topics and often lead to other topics of special interest to the children in the classroom." (SOURCE: www.horacemann.org website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Mission Statement Horace Mann seeks to educate and nurture its students and to help them fulfill their potential. To attain this goal, the School provides a challenging and rigorous set of academic and extracurricular programs within a caring and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to test and learn about themselves, to develop a concern for others and to grow intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. The School seeks to foster a capacity in each individual for clear and creative thought. The School encourages students to understand that learning is a lifelong endeavor that is valuable in itself. Horace Mann seeks a diverse student body and fosters a respect for individual and cultural differences. Each student is encouraged to strive for self-esteem and confidence and to be respectful of others. In addition, students learn that they must be responsible for their actions and for the decisions that they make. In its role as a college preparatory school, Horace Mann emphasizes the Liberal Arts and prepares its students for leadership in a variety of fields and endeavors. To accomplish this task, the School offers programs and activities that encourage excellence. The School also maintains an outstanding faculty that represents both high scholarship and a deep concern for the total development of the individual." (SOURCE: www.horacemann.org website)

A Typical Day

"A typical day includes hands-on experience with a broad range of materials, group times that help children to develop communication and social skills, and many opportunities to exercise independent thinking and problem solving. In addition, physical education, music, science and chess, all taught by specialists, language arts enrichment and computers round out the ND program." (SOURCE: www.horacemann.org website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Horace Mann is an ongoing school. Children from the nursery school automatically go on to kindergarten.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers

Handling Separation: From the Director

"At the beginning of the school year, separation anxiety is on the minds of many parents, teachers and children, but it is really a life-long and recurring phenomena. When we view separation as a process and not as an end product, we can see that all parties are equal players. The parents' actions and reactions are important to a successful separation and children are reassured when their parents and teachers work together. When we help children to separate we are teaching them to trust in the future as well as in the past; goodbyes are also hellos. It is important to remember that many have traveled this road before us and we can learn from their experiences. Even though no two children are alike, and no two situations are the same, there are some general guidelines which can help us: Agree on a goodbye ritual before hand, and follow it. As with most childhood issues, consistency is key. Remember that children pick up more from us than we sometimes realize even if we think we're hiding our feelings from them. Make sure your child is clear on who will do the picking up and when. It is very important when building trust to do exactly what you say you will. If you tell your child you will be in the building, please be there. Let your actions match your message. Don't prolong your leave once you've said good bye. If you are reluctant to leave your child will be reluctant to stay." (SOURCE: www.horacemann.org website)