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Little Missionary Day Nursery

93 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10009

(212) 777-9774


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our curriculum does not fit in any of the above categories. We do fit into the first category, but we do have a curriculum. The curriculum comes from the interests of the children and we build on their enthusiasms.

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
  • Individual notebooks, letters for playing with, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Lots of math games (sorting, bingo, e.g.)
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Books on these subjects
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
  • Each year we hatch chicks and tadpoles
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Weekly music and yoga program, we also show videos such as the Nutcracker and dance to it..
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Books and videos about Van Gogh, Monet
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
  • Lots of messy stuff to play with - clay, beans and rice, etc.
Other subjects taught We do yoga once a week using a program specifically designed for our children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We regard every child as different, we believe in the notion of 'multiple intelligences'. We give a lot of individual attention to every child as our pupil-teacher ratio is high. We encourage the other children to treat each other with respect and to help friends.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are dedicated to the emotional well-being of the child. We accept the child's feelings and help him or her to understand and express them rather than act them out on others. Our philosophy is that emotional and social education is the best foundation for academic achievement. A happy well-adjusted child tends to be a good student and team player.

A Typical Day

Freeplay 8:30-9:45
Clean up
Story time 10:-10:20
Snack (We provide healthy snacks which we often cook ourselves)
Art project/Math games/Cooking Outside play. We have our own back yard. We also go to a local garden where we have a plot or to the local playground, in Tompkins Sq. Park, one block away.
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Story
1:00 - 2:20 Rest/Nap
2:20 Outside play until 3pm dismissal

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Regular letters home. Curriculum Night - parents see video of children in action in various areas of the curriculum, followed by discussion. Parent teacher meetings in February. Regular parent teacher informal meetings. We also have a parenting workshop presented monthly by the Director in conjunction with the New York Psychoanalytic Society. This workshop is to support parents.

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


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

Parents stay at the beginning and gradually withdraw, assisted on an individual basis by teacher. Half days at the beginning help child to adjust.