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Nursery School

Prospect Center offers a high quality, innovative nursery school program for children aged 3, 4 and 5 at very reasonable rates. Expert knowledge is applied to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for learning and socialization through an inclusive approach. Classrooms are child focused to meet the varied needs of all children enrolled.

PROGRAM FEATURES

  • Certified Education Staff
  • NY State Preschool Standards
  • Enrichment Programs
  • Observation Booths
  • Kindergarten Readiness

OVERVIEW

The Stepping Stones Nursery School program at Prospect Center provides classes for 3, 4 and 5 year old children. Classrooms are child focused to meet the varied needs of all children enrolled.

The program provides developmentally appropriate opportunities for learning and socialization in a stimulating, nuturing environment. Activities emphasize language development, provide social and interactive learning experiences, strengthen attention span and participation, and teach children how to deal with conflicts.

The Nursery School curriculum utilizes a wide range of resources appropriate for children between three and five years of age. A variety of educationally based materials are utilized to support both structured activities and those involving discovery and free exploration. A language based approach is used in the classroom and includes theme based instruction. Daily lessons, art projects, stories, and music and movement activities are centered around weekly and monthly themes.

STAFF

Classrooms are staffed by certified teachers, teaching assistants, and nursery school staff with the additional support of an Integration Facilitator. The staff to student ratio supports guided and closely supervised school experiences. A program administrator and varied professional consultants also contribute to the effectiveness of the program.

CURRICULUM

A center based learning approach is incorporated with the nursery school environment to enhance development of specific skills using a “hands-on” curriculum. Learning centers allow children to make choices, encourage active learning and provide for different learning styles. Children may work independently in small groups, or one-on-one with the teachers. Centers also encourage children to learn independence, make decisions and to problem solve. Small and large group instruction is provided.

For more information about our Nursery School, view our brochure (PDF 333kb).

LEARNING CENTERS

Manipulative / Pre-Math Center

Through the exploration and manipulation of a variety of hands-on materials, children are exposed to numbers, concepts, quantities, same and different, shapes, sorting, matching and quantifying.

Language / Listening Center

This center includes taped and recorded stories, flannel board stories, Big Books and tapes, and a variety of auditory memory and discrimination activities to enhance listening skills, story sequence, and comprehension abilities.

Literacy Center

Literacy skills, including alphabet recognition, sequencing, letter printing and beginning phonics, are explored through a variety of activities and materials. A variety of children’s books are available for individual or group reading time.

Computer Center

Children use a variety of highly motivating software programs to reinforce readiness concepts, problem solving, and skill generalization.

 

Art Center

Children are provided with the opportunities to use scissors, crayons, water paints, glue, etc. to create their own projects, in addition to group activities.

Learning About Our World

Beginning science and social studies themes are introduced. Topics include neighborhoods and communities, health and hygiene, animals, plants, space, and environment as a beginning exploration into the world around us.

Creative / Sensory Play

Imagination, cooperative play, and language skills are enhanced through activities such as water play, play-doh, finger paints and Ooblick to stimulate sensory exploration and dramatic play.

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT

Some of the approaches used in classroom management that help students develop self-direction include:

  • Stating rules in a simple, positive manner.
  • Offering choices.
  • Recognizing and rewarding positive behaviors.
  • Reminding children to use their words to express feelings instead of physically reacting (i.e., hitting).
  • Redirecting the child to another activity.

 

Prospect Center
133 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY 12804 • (518) 798-0170
Fax: (518) 798-0533 • Contact for General Information

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