Po Box 2508
Schenectady, NY 12325
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught|
From the Director:
The children learn through play and authentic "real world" situations. Children are encouraged to learn independent daily skills such as putting on their coats and shoes, writing their names to take ownership of their work. We strive to build their self-esteem and social skills first to give them a strong base to build their academic learning upon.
We strive to provide differentiated instruction to our students. We give scaffolded support as needed based on students' abilities. For example, in a fine motor cutting activity strong cutters would be asked to use the scissors unassisted. Children still developing their cutting skills would receive assistance holding and or rotating the paper. Some children may need hand over hand assistance or tandom scissors to succeed.
"We want the Mayfair Nursery School to:
Offer numerous opportunities for investigation, experimentation, problem-solving, contemplation, imagination, and creativity:
Lay the groundwork for social attitudes that makes the cooperative effort possible;
Give children the opportunity to learn to respect the importance of others (sharing of materials, attention, ideas and space):
Give children opportunities to accept other forms of authority, perhaps different than found in their own homes.
We believe through our deep respect for the individual; our school emphasis on encouraging sound, critical, creative thinking; and its promotion of cooperative efforts that we may make an important contribution to each child's growth and in turn play an important part in the total educational scheme.
Adopted by the Mayfair Board of Trustees
Excerpted from the preschool's website
Monday Wednesday Friday Class
9:00-9:45 Free Play and Centers
9:45-9:55 Clean Up
9:55-10:05 Helper of the Day
10:20-10:30 Hand Washing and Song Time
10:40-10:50 Independent Quiet Reading Time
10:50-11:00 Circle Time
11:00-11:20 Activity Time
11:20-11:30 Outside Play Time
Tuesday Thursday Class
9:00-10:00Free Play and Centers
10:00-10:05 Clean Up
10:15-10:30 Hand Washing and Song Time
10:30-10:45 Snack (followed by quiet, independent book time)
10:45-11:00 Circle Time
11:00-11:10 Helper of the Day sharing
11:10-11:30 Outside Play
Since parents come into the classroom to drop off and pick up there is daily opportunity to speak with parents. Weekly Classroom Updates are emailed home to parents highlighting what went on eachday. Monthly Newsletters are sent home sharing upcoming events for the school. All classes have annual Parent-Teacher conferences.
We work with parents to assist child and parent to handle separation anxiety at the family's comfort level. Personalized social story books are made to increase children's confidence for transitioning into school.