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Lucy's Playgroup

250 West 75th Street
New York, NY 10023

Phone:
(212) 724-5002

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Although the activities are driven by the dynamics of the group, there is a basic outline or shape to the morning. The group activities are very simple and easy to participate in, but children are never forced to participate if they would rather not.

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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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.
Physical activity more

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  • We go out everyday for an hour to a nearby enclosed grassy field with trees and lots of space to run.
Other subjects taught We go outside to an enclosed field in nearby Riverside Park everyday to run around in fresh air; we play ball, games, and sing songs and explore nature.

From the Director:

Cozy groups of up to 6 children enjoy many activities including arts and crafts, baking, story time, singing, and nature walks in nearby Riverside Park.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Lucy's Playgroup provides a warm and fun environment designed to introduce 2-4 year olds to group situations. Cozy groups of up to 6 children enjoy many activities including arts and crafts, baking, story time, singing, and nature walks in nearby Riverside Park. The playgroups are run by Lucy Bolton, a licensed Family Day Care Provider with a Masters Degree in Education and many years of working with pre-school children. Lucy's Playgroup acts as a stepping stone between the home and nursery school. I introduce 2-4 year olds to group situations. Children learn to say goodbye to their parents (or caregivers), to listen to another adult (me), and to make friends.

A Typical Day

The Playgroup is open Monday and Friday from 9 am until 1 pm. Although the activities are driven by the dynamics of the group, there is a basic outline or shape to the morning. The day starts with something I have put on the table before they come in-puzzles or peg boards or some other kind of manipulative. We take off from there and play-building a train track, having a picnic for the dolls and animals, making a high-way for the cars and trucks, etc. Around 10 o'clock, we gather together and do a project-working with playdough, baking muffins, drawing and cutting and pasting, etc. Many of our projects are centered around the calendar holidays. Snack is at 10:30 and then, at about 11 we go out in the red wagon for fresh air in an enclosed field located in Riverside Park at 74th Street. At noon we come back for lunch. After lunch, we do lots of reading and singing.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Again, since Lucy's Playgroup is so small, I can be flexible about communicating with parents. They can call me at anytime with questions or comments; we often have discussions at pick up time; I arrange lunches and other kinds of get togethers from time to time for each group. We have a big picnic in June for all the families, old and new.

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

I go with the direction of each family, I treat each situation according to what seems to work best for the child and parent or caregiver.