Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, Preschool of the Arts proudly interprets and adapts Reggio theory throughout our five distinct NYC neighborhoods. Our schools are unified by our shared vision and mission; namely the “primacy effect” that the earliest events in life are the most important and formative ones and are the critical determinants of the long course of development. The flexibility of our schools opens the doors to possibilities and divergent paths, affording each location communal ambiance, energy and the integration of icons and prominent architecture. We are a collection of boutique schools for young children where each child’s intellectual, emotional, social, and moral potentials are carefully cultivated and guided.
All young children have active and lively minds from the start. The basic dispositions to make sense of experience, investigate it, care about others, relate to them, and adapt to their physical and cultural environment are inborn dispositions. These inborn dispositions flourish, deepen and strengthen under the right conditions. Relationships and interactions form the nuclei of educating young children.
We focus our collective and individual vigor on the quality of DAY-TO-DAY interactions of children and their teachers in their moments together so that they become rich, interesting, engaging, satisfying, and meaningful. Together we shape a pebble that could have very large consequences.
Scaffolding. Learning towards mastery of life, cognitive, and social skills.
Co-Constructionist view of the child and teaching and learning process
"I have come increasingly to recognize that most settings are a communal activity, a sharing of the culture. It is not just that the child must make his knowledge his own, but that he must make it his own in a community of those who share his sense of belonging to a culture. It is this that leads me to emphasize not only discovery and invention but the importance of negotiating and sharing in a world, of joint culture creating an object of schooling and as an appropriate step en route to becoming a member of the adult society in which one lives out one’s life." - Jerome Bruner
At the cornerstone of our school is our arts program. Children are naturally creative and derive much pleasure from involvement in the arts. They learn a host of skills and acquire tremendous self-esteem when given varied opportunities to create. Because we consider art such an integral part of our program, our NYC preschool has appointed an atelierista – an art director who provides our children with open-ended opportunities to create. Our children use a wide array of art media including acrylic, finger, and water paints, pastels, crayons, and markers.
We celebrate our children’s creativity by prominently and artfully displaying their work in our J. Klaynberg Art Gallery and throughout our NYC preschool. Because we believe the artistic process to be even more valuable than the final product, we accompany each work with a transcription of the child’s thoughts about the piece.
Exploring the hundred expressive languages
We begin by developing a familiarity with the physical; properties of different representational media. Through this process we can understand the first elements, the simplest rudiments of these media in order to establish an alphabet with which we can communicate and construct knowledge. In turn our children are given the opportunity to learn deeply as they represent the same concept in different media. The principal educational vehicle involves children in long-term engrossing projects, which are carried out in a beautiful, healthy, love-filled setting. We are a Reggio community, something more than a philosophy or method with a symbiotic relationship between a progressive vision and visible practices.
Our children learn the customs, traditions, and moral values of Judaism. These lessons are woven naturally through all of our disciplines so that they become both a meaningful and treasured part of each child’s personal milieu.
Our children eagerly anticipate holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover and understand how to meaningfully and joyfully participate in each holiday. We regularly celebrate holidays with parents and members of the larger community of our Chelsea preschool. We carefully select teachers who model and nurture Jewish values such as kindness, friendship, empathy, and respect for the environment and the rights of others. Our staff strives to instill our children with the joy of our rich heritage and customs.