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Ethical Culture Society

7 Saxon Woods Rd
White Plains, NY 10605

Phone:
(914) 948-1132

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Morning and Afternoon Programs

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our goal is for children to learn about life by being involved in enriching first-hand experiences. Play and exploration are the methods. Appropriate and stimulating materials are the tools. Careful consideration is given to the selection of the curriculum to facilitate exploration and creative expression. Children need to use their bodies and large muscles before they can begin to go on to the next step and control a pen or small brush. Words and abstract concepts are given meaning through a rich variety of experiences before they are reduced to symbols as in reading or writing. Children’s learning can be best fostered when they can interpret their ideas and relate them to their own experiences

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts more

More Information

  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

More Information

  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • 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 goal is for children to learn about life by being involved in enriching first-hand experiences. Play and exploration are the methods. Appropriate and stimulating materials are the tools. Careful consideration is given to the selection of the curriculum to facilitate exploration and creative expression. Children need to use their bodies and large muscles before they can begin to go on to the next step and control a pen or small brush. Words and abstract concepts are given meaning through a rich variety of experiences before they are reduced to symbols as in reading or writing. Children’s learning can be best fostered when they can interpret their ideas and relate them to their own experiences. Our program has grown from this concept.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Every child is unique, each having his or her own personality and interests. They learn and grow in diverse ways and each at his or her own pace. Our staff is here to meet each of their varied needs and is committed to a program that provides an environment where curiosity, spirit, resourcefulness, spontaneity and independence thrive.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Even with the classroom visit before school begins our philosophy is to start only a few children at the time so that there is time for the teachers to interact with each child. Starting the school year with a shorter abbreviated day will also allow the children to master being away from you and get to know their new teachers and classmates.