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Smarter Toddler

100A West 89th Street
New York, NY 10024

(212) 595-0056


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • stencils, name tags, displayed alphabet
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • calculators, rulers, counting bears, scales
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
  • magnets, flashlights, texture boxes
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music Together comes for a once a week music class. Music is always on in the hallways of our center
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • children's art and photos
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our curriculum is also an emergent curriculum where we take the interests or conversations with the children and create a fun and educational curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Communication with the parents is crucial. We follow what the parent does at home. We also spend a lot of one on one time with the children

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The caregivers, teachers and management believe that the Artistic, Cultural and Social development of each child is essential. At Smarter Toddler we recognize and encourage the amazing potential children have to learn. Whether your child is 'very active' or shy, our teachers will custom design activities that work best for them. If you feel that your toddler can benefit from a more stimulating environment.

A Typical Day

When they walk into the center, they are greeted with a smile. When they go into their own room, they are greeted by their teacher and friends. Free play is the start to their busy day, followed by a snack and then circle brings the class together. Circle time involves lots of singing and sometimes large motor activities (the older classrooms learn the calendar). Curriculum activities follow-whether it's an art project, a story or a table filled with curriculum fun. Lunch is next, followed by nap time. After nap, there is free play, snack and outside time. Before pick up, the children are involved in projects that are teacher led as well as free choices of activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The parent is the child's first and most important teacher. We feel we can learn from each other and be a great team for your child in their first five years. We have parent/teacher conferences in January, June and September but everyday communication is encouraged with the management and teachers.We have a kindergarten workshop once a year. Staff from the different schools come and give parents information on their schools

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
  • 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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an open door policy. Parents are welcome to come into the center at anytime to see their child. However, Smarter Toddler is the child's experience and we do believe that parents saying good-bye and leaving is the best approach. We call the parents to give a report on how their child is doing and what is going on in the class. We also take pictures of their child in the classroom and encourage the parent to show the picture and talk about what was going on. We also ask the parents to talk about school and this is a place where their child will go but will always be picked up.