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Mayfair Nursery School

Po Box 2508
Schenectady, NY 12325

(518) 399-0353


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op

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
  • Weekly estimation jar, thematic counting activities
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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  • 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
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
  • Go on walks to observe changes in nature and weather
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.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

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.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"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

A Typical Day

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
10:05-10:20 Story
10:20-10:30 Hand Washing and Song Time
10:30-10:40 Snack
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
10:05-10:15 Story
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

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

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.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

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.