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Magic Cottage At Floral Vale

100 Floral Vale Boulevard
Yardley, PA 19067

Phone:
(215) 860-9322

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Magic Cottage uses the innovative and exciting High Scope Curriculum, which is based on Piaget's developmental learning theoris and stresses individualized education. No two children are the same. Ages, learning rates, and learning styles vary, so our teaching guidelines expand and adapt to support growth. We provide the basic classroom structure and guidance that lets children continue to excel at their own rate.
Our teachers and caregivers know that your child is unique. And so is our program.
We base our curriculum on the child developmental theories of Jean Piaget. His time-tested methods show that pre-school children learn best with individualized education.
Our curriculum adapts to help the child. The child doesn't change to meet our schedule. Our teachers use open-ended questions to encourage language development and to build your child's self-esteem.

Our curriculum is based on cognitive learning. We encourage your child to learn at his or her own pace.
We believe that each child learns through action and doing, at his or her own developmental level.
Each of our classrooms allows for an active, safe, and structured environment that supports individualized learning. Children learn best by making choices that interest them.
Children's days follow a schedule comprised of readiness activities, planning and work time, constructive free play, group time, and circle time. Each activity features goals, challenges and, of course, fun.
Magic Cottage provides a safe environment. Discipline is handled constructively, stressing the consequences of children's own actions and showing children choices.
We believe children should learn values and strategies that enable them to problem solve in difficult situations.
We DO NOT use time out chairs or single out any child. Rather, we believe positive reinforcement is the best approach.
We reward responsibility and communication, and to show children how the benefits of approaching a problem in a positive way. We tell the children, "using our words is always better."
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Infant Daily Schedule
6 Week Age Minimum
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast and Free Play
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. - Story
9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Playtime
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - Snack
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. - Outdoor Buggy Ride
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. - Music
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Art
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Nap
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - Snack
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. - Outdoor Buggy Ride
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Playtime
4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Pick Up
Toddler Daily Schedule
Developmentally Ready to 3 Years
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Constructive Free Play
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. - Story or Song
9:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Planning and Work Time
10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. - Clean-Up
10:25 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Snack and Recall
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. - Activity Time
10:50 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Group Time
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. - Circle Activity
11:30 a.m. - Dismissal for Half-Day Children
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Wash and Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Rest
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Wake-Up and Clean-Up
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - Snack
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Constructive Free Play
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Planning and Work Time
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. - Clean-Up
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Circle Activity and Pick-Up
Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule
3 Years to 5 Years
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Constructive Free Play
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. - Readiness
9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. - Planning
9:25 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Work Time
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. - Clean-Up
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Snack and Recall
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. - Group Time
10:50 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. - Activity
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. - Circle Activity
11:30 a.m. - Dismissal for Half-Day Children
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Wash & Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. - Rest
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Wake-Up and Clean-Up
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Snack
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. - Story or Song
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Planning and Work Time
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Clean-Up
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - Constructive Free Play
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. - Wash Hands and Face
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Circle Activity and Pick-Up

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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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