The Park Preschool has two classrooms that are composed of mixed age groups of children who are 2 through 3.8 year olds and another class of Pre-Kindergarten four year olds, who learn how to care, help, work, play and cooperate with each other.
In the mixed age group classes children learn from one another as they interact in a school setting. They learn how to care, help, work, play and cooperate with each other. Learning in a mixed age group stimulates greater interest and encourages cooperation. The younger children learn through observation of the older children. The two and three year old’s social and intellectual development is enhanced by this method of age grouping. Mixed age groups enhance both younger and older children’s motivation and self-confidence. This legacy of responsibility and helping others is the focal point of the mixed age-group setting. This setting also creates a familial environment and recreates what takes place at home.
The Pre-Kindergarten four year old class works to prepare the children for entry into Kindergarten. The class curriculum is composed of various literacy units and themes of the week. The classroom environment is centered on the weekly theme and every center area; writing, math, science, art activities and the library area encompasses and is infused with the topic. In this Pre-K classroom, the academic material taught is through a hands-on teacher-guided approach interesting and fun way of learning. In this way, The Park Preschool Pre-K graduates enter Kindergarten with advanced knowledge that will help them succeed in the world beyond Kindergarten.
The teachers at The Park Preschool foster each child’s independent thinking skills and thus help the children become self-confident as they become sensitive to the world around them. We give them freedom, let them try, let them fail, encourage them, let them succeed, and rejoice with them! At The Park Preschool a child can be a child, the learning process happens naturally. Like Piaget, the teachers here believe that children “think by doing.” At The Park Preschool children learn by playing. Play is their work.
The Park Preschool encourages the involvement of the family unit in school. On occasion, a family member can be found cooking, reading or teaching a special class to the children. This type of commitment on the part of the families is wonderful. It promotes open communication between the families and the teachers and is essential to our school’s continuous development.
Our goal at The Park Preschool is to address diversity in the least restrictive environment, creating an inclusive setting that helps all children become self-confident individuals. Within our supportive environment your child can acquire a solid sense of security, a positive self-image and a lifelong enthusiasm for learning.
We look forward to working with you and your child in this endeavor!
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- Licensed and certified by The City of New York Department of Health, Bureau of Day Care
- The Parents League
- Educational Records Bureau
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Childcare Association and New York Childcare Association
- Downtown Early Childhood Association (DECA)
- ATIS (Asociation of Teachers in Independent Schools)
- NYSAEYC (New York State Association for the Education of Young Children)