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How we Teach


We make learning fun, relevant, and interactive

We accomplish this by translating our teaching targets to the child's level and presenting lessons through games that harness the same dynamics that drive play behavior. These learning games revolve around physical activities and manipulatives that make children active participants in learning. All age groups rotate between structured activities and "free play," with the degree of structure increasing as children get older.



After 18 years, we still get better every month.

The heart of our program is a "theme" approach which is constantly refined by our teachers who choreograph all our activities around a central subject (rotating between core concepts like "Home, sweet, home" and "Feelings" to adventures like "Castles, Kings, & Fairytales" and "Dinosaurs"). We blend together related games, stories, songs, dance, crafts, puzzles, drama exercises, DVDs, software and spectacular field trips (past destinations have included the NYC Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo, and the Novins Planetarium). Every time a theme is repeated, it is improved by teachers who review previous calandars and identify what worked best and replace weak items with fresh ideas from our extensive resource library. This evolutionary process guarantees perpetual improvements.


Our daily activities include "calendar," story time, craft projects, music, dance/movement, playground time, and computers but the details change each month as activites are synchronized with theme topics. Older children spend 30 minutes/day on academics.



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What we Teach

We teach children all the skills needed to be happy and successful in their next school



Personality Development

We teach self-confidence by helping kids discover who they are and how to understand and express their feelings.



Life Skills

We teach kids to be self-sufficient.
We teach kids to solve their own problems.
We teach kids teamwork and how to work together.



Socialization

Every activity we do is designed to build communication skills and give children the skills needed for successful interaction with their peers.



Academics

We have an 18 year track record proving that our program enables every child to have outstanding academic performance. Our benchmarks are one year ahead of public schools with our Pre-K children learning all the academic skills taught in Kindergarten. Most importantly, children accomplish these objectives while spending as little as 1 1/2 hours per week on academics. We use "Land of the Letter People," "Saxon Phonics," and "the Oxford Reading Tree" to teach reading and "the Saxon Math Program" to teach arithmatic.



Physical Education

Simple physical accomplishments (running, jumping, etc) are an essential part of building self-esteem. For this reason our Phys Ed program is at the heart of many of our activities.




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