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The First Reformed Episcopal Church

317 East 50th Street
New York, NY 10022

(212) 755-0997

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

While our learning is predominantly teacher led, the curriculum includes two time periods for free play each day.

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
  • Pattern blocks
Time & space more

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  • Maps
  • 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.
  • 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
Other subjects taught Musikgarten is part of the curriculum.

From the Director:

While our curriculum is primarily teacher-led, more than a third of the time each day is devoted to free-play which allows the children to choose from a large variety of play things ( including small and gross motor), arts and crafts, and books.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The First Reformed Episcopal Church is a Christian church and therefore Joyful Noise is a Christian preschool. We believe that the education of a person encompasses the intellectual, social and spiritual. Part of our curriculum will be devoted to reading stories from the bible, and learning about specific events of the Church Year; Advent, Christmas and Easter. It is our intention to provide a warm, loving environment that allows each child to develop their God-given learning potential. In order to maintain consistency, we expect our faculty and staff to be able to support and advance the mission of Joyful Noise. Although Joyful Noise is affiliated with the First Reformed Episcopal Church, it is a non-denominational preschool. Children of all denominations and faiths are welcome to become part of our student body.

A Typical Day

Free play, Circle (math, science, literacy, music) Art, Snack, Play, Closing Circle

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent teacher conferences and a final written evaluation.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We allow the parents to stay in the classroom the first week of school.