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Resurrection Episcopal Day School (REDS)

119 East 74th Street
New York, NY 10021

(212) 535-9666


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

"Maria Montessori, a noted Italian physician, anthropologist and educator, concluded through her study and observations that children between the ages of 2 and 5 are ready for and, indeed, thrive in an academic environment. Within a sensibly structure classroom and under the encouraging guidance of trained Montessori teachers, each child is given the freedom to learn at an individual pace, allowing his/her abilities to emerge and flourish. The work in the classroom is organized into five categories: Practical Life, Sensorial Language, Mathematics and Cultural Subjects, which include Geography, History, Science and the Arts. The children use a set of Montessori materials designed to be manipulated in concrete ways that confirm their impressions of the world. As a child becomes active in selection and mastery of materials, she/he gains self-confidence. The result is a child who is self-motivated and loves to learn." (SOURCE: from website)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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
  • 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
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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

From the Director:

"Practical Life exercises relate to everyday activities and promote physical independence, concentration and body control. The children learn to tie, button, snap, sweep, pour and polish. All activities are introduced in a sequential, ordered and logical manner providing the foundation to approach more academic exercises. Sensorial equipment is designed to help the child in discriminating shape, size, color, sound and texture. Each set of materials isolates a single quality or sense and draws attention to increasingly fine sensorial distinctions. These exercises serve as a key in the learning process: to perceive order in multiple experiences. The Language curriculum is woven into all aspects of the program. While a child acquires oral language skills naturally, opportunities for equivalent patterns of written development must be provided by parents and teachers. A set of materials including but not limited to the Moveable Alphabet and sandpaper letters provide a phonetic basis for reading. The child sees the shapes, hears the sounds, and, through tracing, trains the muscles needed for writing. The child is encouraged to put these letters and their phonetic sounds together to make words and so pursue their interest in expression. Stories, poetry and social conversation are important components of building vocabulary and organization of thought. Mathematics is presented through concrete materials providing 'hands-on' experiences of abstract concepts. Through a series of manipulative materials, a deeper understanding of basic mathematical principles prepares the child for later abstract reasoning and problem solving. The Cultural Subjects are introduced during the Primary years when children are naturally motivated to explore and learn about the world around them. Abstract scientific and cultural concepts are made tangible as children participate in simple experiments, reenact historical events or recreate artifacts from other cultures. Field trips to neighborhood points of interest and museums as well as presentations by visiting performers further enrich the children's cultural awareness. Foreign Language (French) is integrated into the Montessori classroom curriculum in the afternoon. The focus is on conversation and culture." (SOURCE: from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Resurrection Episcopal Day School provides a three-year early education program for children as young as 2 years 9 months of age. We are a community committed to establishing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development of the complete human being according to the educational philosophy developed by Maria Montessori and guided by the principles of the Association Montessori Internationale. We accomplish this by creating an environment that celebrates and empowers each individual, cultivates a love of learning and fosters an appreciation for the diversity of life. The school considers each child as a gift of God endowed with limitless potential. Values of respect, responsibility, dignity and serenity permeate the school's diverse community."

(SOURCE: from website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"The admissions process for on-going schools is under the direction of the Head of School. A detailed packet is given to parents of children in the spring, prior to the year the children will be going through the process. For most children, this is during their third year at REDS. The Head of School meets with each family to discuss appropriate options and explain how the process works. Throughout the year, the Head of School is in communication with the on-going schools and with the parents of the applicants. Since most of the schools require the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) tests, REDS arranges for a tester from the ERB to evaluate the children individually at the school during the late fall. Upon occasion, a child may be tested in the prior spring."

(SOURCE: from website)

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
  • 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
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school