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2350 Broadway, Suite 417
New York, NY 10024

(212) 595-3506


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our small class size allows us to have a tremendous amount of freedom within a structured program. We have weekly and monthly overviews of curriculum goals and use our dynamic curriculum to meet the changing needs of our classroom on a day to day basis; we plan to do a particular project or game but during free play the children come up with something more interesting so we delay the scheduled project till the following day.

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
  • letters, dry erase books and small chalk boards
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Cuisenaire rods, sequencing games, pattern games, number blocks
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
  • regular science experiments, water table, sand table
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Huge library of CD's
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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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • 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 Note Worthy offers an academically rich program where students learn about, NYC, Art, Music, Space, Dinosaurs, Rocks, Insects, Plants, Birds, Transportation, The Ocean and many more themed topics. Concepts are taught through song in addition to books, play and hands on experience.

From the Director:

With a very high teacher/student ratio the teachers are very involved. About 60% of the time during free play the children play without adult intervention. About 40% of the time we take an active role in the play and play with them; telling a story for them to act out as they do dress up to play with the trains.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In a mixed age group this does not happen, each child works at their own pace. No one ever seems to be behind or ahead. We are able to note and accommodate areas that need work or should be fostered as areas of strength.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Using music as a conduit to knowledge, the program strives to instill in children a lifelong appreciation of learning. The curriculum draws extensively on our founder's background in classical music, using music to teach everything from basic skills to more complex ideas and concepts through experiential learning. The theme-based curriculum includes 10 to 20 original compositions per theme. These compositions are the cornerstone of our curriculum. They include soon to be hits such as, 'Little Drops of Water', 'Dig Up a Dinosaur', and 'I'm A Shark'. The songs are easy for the students to learn and serve to reinforce our thematic units. Children have an innate love of and frequently a natural talent for music. We foster these feelings and abilities with a program of carefully chosen activities in music, art, literature, math, science and movement, all introduced through music. The program focuses on social skills, communication, cooperation, and fun. Field trips to local museums, libraries, concerts, parks and zoos are taken at least once a week. Guest instrumentalists and artists visit on a regular basis, conducting 'master classes' for students, too. With an excellent student to teacher ratio and a small mixed age classroom we are able to create an environment where our students social and educational needs are consistently met.

A Typical Day

The day begins with 15 minutes of circle time. In that time we greet the group, discuss the events planned for the day, sing songs, and do some light warm up exercises. After circle time, the children have approximately 30 minutes of free time during which they choose the activities they would like to do. The range of activities includes: building with blocks or Lego's, painting, play dough, dress up, coloring, puppets, reading, imaginative play, tag or musical chairs, and of course our extensive array of musical instruments, from a small lap harp from Brazil to bongo drums, recorders, maracas, tambourines a xylophone and 2 separate electric pianos. A few times each week water play and special projects involving art or science are available as well. Following free time we have a light snack and are then ready for our daily scheduled event. Each event reflects the current curricular theme and provides reinforcement of the concepts of that theme. The events range from small master classes with visiting musicians to building a model volcano, trips to museums and insect observations in the park. When we finish or return from our scheduled event we sit down together for 15 to 20 minutes of story time. Noteworthy boasts and extensive library from which students may choose books.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

2 to 3 parent/teacher meeting per year to go over progress of your student. Parent ed night to discuss, potty training, school applications etc. Head teacher has phone hours each week and emails are welcomed and responded to within 24 hours.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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 is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Generally a number of the students in each class are returning ones, they are always eager to return. Their energy is picked up on by the younger children and usually carries the children through the first day so a tone can be set - that school is really fun! Normally parents are able to leave the first day with little or no separation anxiety on their child's part. If a child needs their parent to stay, that parent is asked to stay until the child is comfortable.