Focus On Small World Preschool

by NYC Firm Schools on February 23, 2012

Small World Preschool started in 1985 in the home of Jessica Nooney. For years the school operated out of her home then moved to rented residential space. Today, the school is at 319 West 74th Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City.

The school’s curriculum is based on Reggio Emilia. That means that teachers, faculty, and students try to have fun while learning. The faculty attempt to incorporate humor into the lessons.

Parents have a choice between 2, 3, 4, and 5 day options. There are three full-time teachers to 12 students and school begins at 9 a.m.

In addition to building self-reliance and creativity, Small World seeks to build a bond between students and family. Throughout the year students learn about colors, shapes, numbers, letters, and word recognition. Lessons incorporate music, songs, stories, art, and games. Other lessons include Spanish, yoga, creative music, and art lessons. Children also get to play on the Elephant Playground when weather permits.

Because class sizes are kept small, each student can receive optimal one-on-one time with teachers and get more individual attention. The lessons are more flexible and able to meet the needs of students and parents.

The school’s director is still very much a part of the day-to-day in-class learning environment. She plays guitar and sings while the students sing along and dance.

The day ends at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. depending on when parents arrive.

Small World Preschool is such a fun learning environment that children often do not want to leave at the end of the day.

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