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Preschool of the Arts

121 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

(212) 206-9336


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our staff recognize that children learn best when they experience the world firsthand utilizing all of their senses to participate in learning. At Preschool of the arts children are encouraged to create, explore and discover in the safety of our nurturing environment.

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
  • a stocked literacy area with various writing tools and materials to encourage the children to that center
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Several manipulatives, matching games, sequencing cards, pictorial recipes when baking, a center for estimations.
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • special music instructors.
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
  • 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
  • special dance/ yoga instructor,
Other subjects taught Preschool of the Arts features the 'best of both worlds' secular and Judaic, blending them into a program that is rich, fulfilling, and best of all- Fun!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At Preschool of the Arts we work to meet the particular needs of each individual child and family. Our curriculum is based on Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences which taps into the learning strengths of each individual child. By offering Open Ended activities, children at different developmental stages can each get the maximum from the activity.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Preschool of the Arts is a community based program where young children receive a warm and enriching preschool experience providing them with the foundation to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. In our beautiful and inviting center, through an atmosphere of enthusiasm and love, your child will blossom and develop a positive self image and self expression. Our goal is to create a preschool environment that integrates the Joy and traditions of Judaism with a broad spectrum of secular topics.

A Typical Day

Center Time: After children arrive at school and are greeted by the staff they have the choice of working in the various centers which include, sensory table, cozy library area, dramatic play, art center, block center and manipulates and science center. The teachers work as facilitators to encourage the children to try new centers and to encourage co-operative play. The materials in the center are continuously changed to reflect the new theme
Clean Up and Washing Hands
Snack Time
Circle Time
Gross Motor/ Outdoor play Craft or Special project (art, baking, etc) Wash up Goodbye For children who continue for a full day Lunch
Story Time
Rest Time
Special Activity and Center Time
In addition to the regular schedule, we have a music instructor every Monday and a Yoga instructor every Wednesday.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have an open door policy and parents are encouraged to visit our school and observe the class in action. We send home weekly newsletters detailing the activities, schedule and special events of the week. We email parents digital pictures of their child at work. There are parent/teacher conferences twice a year. Parents are invited to join an activity in their child's class monthly. Our school social worker offers several evening parent education workshops.The director and teacher will meet with the parents to discuss the best options for their child's specific needs and learning abilities. We are familiar with many schools and will advise accordingly.

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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

As mentioned, by the time the children start school they have already had a home visit with their teacher, a playdate with their classmates in the park, and a short first day with only a few children in the room with them. Parents remain with the younger children for the first few days. We work the separation on an individual basis. Some children will be ready after 2 days and some parents will need to remain on site for longer. We follow your child's cues and remain in close contact with the parents for their perspective.