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Woodside Preschool

144 Riverside Boulevard
New York, NY 10069

(212) 362-2350


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Woodside's Philosophy:
Woodside Preschool is a school where children are happy to participate and where they feel cared about and understood. It is in such an environment that children can discover the world that surrounds them and develop the capacity to connect with others.

Woodside is a center of human development that promotes fulfilling the potential of children today so that they can become the leaders of tomorrow.

Woodside believes in:
* Promoting the emotional development of children in order to develop a strong sense of self-esteem.
* Employing a team of highly qualified teachers who are trained to apply the best techniques in early education within a nurturing environment for the children.
* The Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate to teach the children in a fun, playful environment utilizing the best of traditional and inquiry based methodologies.
* Involving the parents so that the education process continues at home.
* Nurturing the spark of genius that resides within every child.

Woodside's Vision:
Woodside Preschool provides a nurturing environment for children to become enthusiastic, caring, compassionate, internationally-minded learners and problems solvers.

We envision each Woodside student using his or her unique "spark of genius" to build a better world.

A Typical Day

A Day at Woodside

Group Meeting and Activities:
Each day is filled with excitement, challenge, and wonder where children work collaboratively and independently in a caring, nurturing environment that fosters self-esteem. The children's day begins with an opportunity to explore their learning environment and interact with their peers.

In all classes, the children participate in a group meeting. Children are welcomed individually by name and encouraged to participate and greet other class members. This builds children's self respect and sense of place in the class. The group meeting provides the teacher with an opportunity to introduce a new topic or outline the activities for the day. It is also a forum to generate class discussion as children are encouraged to contribute and to value each others points of view.

Teachers use structured units of inquiry to plan activities that enable children to build meaning and refine understanding. Activities may be teacher directed during which a head or assistant teacher works with a small group on a particular project or investigation. These activities can also be free choice where learning areas (centers) are established in the classroom to provide opportunities for independent learning. Such centers include mathematics (with activities such as sorting, counting, measuring, and comparing), language arts (sequencing, puzzles, role play, drawing, mark making, reading and writing), and visual-motor (threading, pegs, construction toys, lego, and block play).

Snack, Lunch and Outdoor Play:
Even the very youngest children help teachers in the preparation of healthy foods to be shared with the class. This activity encourages children to be responsible and caring towards their peers while developing healthy and independent eating habits. After snack there is an opportunity for class story-time. Children develop their listening skills and appreciation of written and oral language. Finger rhymes and poems help to further fine motor skills, coordination and memory, as well as introduce children to alliteration and rhyme. In addition, language and music classes are provided by specialist teachers.

Every day, children will further develop their gross motor skills by playing in one of our two spacious gyms. When the weather permits, classes play outdoors at the wonderful playground in nearby Riverside Park.

For children staying all day, lunch is a shared activity. Children are encouraged to help each other and take responsibility for their own possessions. After lunch, children rest while listening to music and stories.

Afternoon activities often mirror the morning session and the day ends with circle time and an opportunity for children to talk about and reflect upon their day at school.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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