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Village Preschool Center

136 West 10th Street
New York, NY 10014

Phone:
(212) 645-1238

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Reggio-Emilia

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
  • Early reading
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
  • Music teacher on staff
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
  • 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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our teaching philosophy combines the best of both Montessori and Bank Street. "When a child shows an aptitude in reading, we will design a one-on-one phonetic reading program, using Montessori methods and materials, to lead her or him through reading readiness to reading full sentences. Using the child's cue as our guide, we avoid pressuring any direction. Children must grow and learn at their own pace.' 'Phonics...is taught through many songs and games. Science is introduced with hands-on activities, such as making colorful individual volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar." Extracted from school's website

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

When a child shows an aptitude in reading, we will design a one-on-one phonetic reading program, using Montessori methods and materials, to lead her or hiim through reading readiness to reading full sentences. Using the child's cue as our guide, we avoid pressure i nany direction. Children must grow and learn at their own pace.' Extracted from the school's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our teaching approach utilizes the best of what is known today in the field of Early Childhood Education, including Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Bank Street: 1. We emphasize the importance of observing the children and following their 'sensitive' periods when they are most receptive to learning..... 2. We believe learning and play should be integrated..... 3. We believe in learning through discovery.... 4. Children want to do things for themselves, so we help them succeed by breaking common tasks and classroom chores into a series of manageable steps .... 5. We organize the classroom for individual as well as group work. We never insist that children join a group activity. Their right to work alone is respected.... 6. We favor interaging. Mixed-age groups provide the most natural settings for socialization.... 7. We strive to instill the spirit of love, cooperation, and compassion in our children.... 8. We enrich the lives of every child with daily French and music classes taught by on-staff specialists. 9. Above all we aim to create an atmosphere of fun - a happy, secure place where children want to be." Extracted from the school's website

A Typical Day

Each day is unique. No child is compelled to participate in every activity, but our day is organized around a variety of activities. Every child is warmly greeted. They are invited to one of several activity centers to help them separate and ease into their day. Because we have a large staff, we are able to work in small groups on different activities. A teacher is always available to give individual attention to a child who needs it. Typical small group activity include sand and water play, baking and cooking, feeding our birds, fish, and rabbits, using Montessori materials, reading stories, planting, playing with play-doh, and making special projects for holidays. Art activities include easel painting, collage, water colors, scissors cutting and clay. Play areas offer the opportunity to develop large motor skills on our climbing equipment, riding toys, and merry-go-rounds.' Extracted from preschool website

Home-School Connection

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school