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The Town School

540 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021

(212) 288-4383


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"The nursery and kindergarten years set the tone for learning at The Town School. In colorful classrooms, filled with inviting materials, children blossom intellectually and socially. Teachers encourage and challenge them to make choices and take risks, try new activities, and explore friendships, but are always nearby for support and comfort." (SOURCE:

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
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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  • 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
  • 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
  • gym
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

"Much of the learning is organized around concrete themes that have relevance and meaning for young children-school and family life, transportation, nature-enabling them to better interpret and find their place in the world. Engaging them in developing these themes, children are able to connect books, songs, discussions, artwork and excursions, and to apply their growing skills." (SOURCE:

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

"Nursery/kindergarten parents and teachers are usually in close touch in informal ways and a weekly newsletter is sent home for general class information. Parents are also invited to participate in various classroom activities. Formal conferences are held twice during the year to review children's cognitive and social development and a written narrative report is sent home in June."