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West Village Nursery School

73 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014

Phone:
(212) 243-5986

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

A curriculum is planned for each group that includes arts and crafts, dramatic play, block building, cooking, outdoor play, and music and movement (led by music specialist). Based on the children's interest and abilities, themes are developed that incorporate the skills that form a basis for reading and math.' Extracted from school's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is important to us that children like school, that they see it as a place designed for them to be with friends and to take part in interesting and stimulating activities. Young children are active learners. Through self-directed play, they test out, organize, and integrate new information, ideas, and concepts. Our goal is to help each child feel increasingly capable, willing, and eager to explore ideas, to practice newly emerging skills, and to gain the satisfaction that comes from being part of a group. A curriculum is planned for each group that includes arts and crafts, dramatic play, block building, cooking, outdoor play, and music and movement (led by music specialist). Based on the children's interest and abilities, themes are developed that incorporate the skills that form a basis for reading and math. We adhere to a development-oriented approach to learning that makes the child's interest and capabilities the starting point of education. This outlook, called 'developmental-interaction,' is also known as the 'Bank Street approach.' It is a point of view that supports the growth of the whole child in all the domains: social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and moral. We believe that nursery school is an important stepping stone along the path towards independence. Children gain self-confidence in their first school environment when there is respect for their individual differences in temperament, learning styles, and rates of growth. Children learn from experience. they learn from each other. They learn through play. It takes time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

West Village Nursery School is a cooperative nursery school, owned and operated by parents..... The staff has full responsibility for the educational program. Parents share all other tasks, which would otherwise be performed by salaried employees, making a commitment of time and interest essential. This has proved workable even when both parents have jobs outside the home.