Scarsdale Nursery School
Our curriculum reflects our educational philosophy. Children are encouraged to discover and to develop skills which are prerequisites for competence in reading, math, science, music, the creative arts and communication. A child’s day is carefully organized into a creative mix of play and work, of structure and independent activities. Children will be taught Biblical principles and taught that they are loved by God. This is accomplished through the following curriculum:
•Art Center - In addition to group art projects we also encourage independent experimentation with painting, drawing, gluing an cutting to promote fine motor coordination needed later for writing
•Block Area - As children play with wooden blocks and cardboard boxes, they learn about how things fit together, gaining skills and insights needed later for mathematics.
•Manipulative Toys - Toys such as puzzles and legos challenge children to sort and match and organize, which are pre-math skills.
•Non-Structured Materials - Sand, water and clay encourage creativity and allow children to make discoveries about measurement and the physical nature of things.
•Drama Skills - Puppets, felt boards, dress-up areas and kitchen areas give children the opportunity to try on different roles, explore fantasies and experiment with feelings and emotions.
•Bible Lessons – Children will be shown that they are loved by God and shown how His Son, Jesus Christ, taught us how to love one another through stories, projects, puppets, books, and music.
•Book Area - An emphasis is placed on reading a selection of picture books, story books and alphabet books along with poetry and information books, which stimulates learning and reading readiness.
•Music and Creative Movement - Activities such as stretching, moving and dancing, and listening to music, helps children to learn rhythm, balance and to develop self-confidence. As children engage in music, they improve their memory and cognitive development, language development and their ability to express emotion. Math skills are developed through fun counting songs. They have an opportunity to explore various rhythm instruments, and to dance alone and with partners.
Our curriculum also includes visits from the Fire Department, a pediatric dentist, and story time with the Scarsdale librarian. Holiday parties, a Halloween Walk through the village, parties, themed days, and other highlights enhance learning and broaden the children’s exposure to new experiences.
We take into consideration families’ culture, language and goals for their children. We appropriately support the unfolding development of each child at his or her unique pace. This unfolding development is a necessary part of children’s journeys toward school readiness. Our 4 year-old classroom not only prepares children for kindergarten (guaranteed!), but will also have them leaving feeling good about who they are as a thinker and learner.