ST. THOMAS MORE PLAY GROUP

65 EAST 89TH STREET  NEW YORK,   NY 10128

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It is the policy of St. Thomas More Play Group, Inc. to admit students of any race or religion to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Play Group.

 

We do not discriminate on the basis of race in the administration of educational or admissions policies.

STMPG is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

© STMPG 2019   Website: Let's Start Design

WELCOME TO STMPG!

St. Thomas More Play Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!

STMPG has grown from a small group of twos and threes, originally organized to serve the needs of a fast growing community of young families. 

Today our school enrollment consists of 110 students,  aged 2-5 years. We have been fortunate over the years to attract an exceptional and dedicated group of teachers, who maintain the fine tradition of early childhood education for which the school is known.

We welcome your interest and look forward to sharing a glimpse of STMPG with you soon.

Nancy Godreau

Director

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Typical Day Schedule

8:45 – 9:25 Outdoors

The children engage in gross motor activity by running, climbing, playing ball and riding bicycles.  They have an opportunity to use the chalkboards, sandbox, and playhouse.  There is much dramatic and imaginative play during outdoor time.

9:30 - 10:05 Enrichment

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the class will alternate in half groups for Movement with Jessica in the music room.  The other half will be participating in small group activities with their teachers.  This time may include guided math work, extended work on our letter study or library time with Lori.  Tuesday and Thursday mornings will be spent with Malcolm,  our music teacher.  On Monday and Friday mornings, our class will enjoy science with Professor Apple in small groups. Spanish immersion is taught with Sami on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

10:05 - 10:40 Circle/Snack/Story

During circle time the class discusses the attendance, calendar, and we continue our 100 Days counting.  Conversation plays an important role during our meeting.  Language and listening development, respect and turn taking are considered as equally important as our daily jobs.  Snack follows our circle time. Our “Snack Helper” serves snack each day.  The simple task of serving snack helps develop one-to-one correspondence, as well as a sense of responsibility. 

10:40 - 11:15 Playroom

There is much physical, dramatic and imaginative play, as well as quiet, independent choice time in the playroom.  During this free play children may read books, build with blocks, dress up in the house corner, draw, use puzzles and manipulative toys. 

11:15 – 12:15 Project/Lesson/Art

This time is used for classroom project pertaining to our curriculum... available is our drawing/writing center, math center, easel painting, listening center, puzzles and manipulative rug toys.  During this time, small groups of children will rotate through the art program with Bill and/or Spanish with Sami.

12:15 - 12:40 Lunch

Children bring a packed lunch from home. We are a nut-free facility.

12:40 - 1:00 Story

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Enrichment

Every day the children participate in various enrichment classes that may include yoga, science, music, art, woodworking, library and Spanish.  Each of the disciplines is taught by a specialist teacher. The school is located close to Central Park and many museums, allowing for visits to enhance the curriculum.

ART

 

  • The art program at STMPG is designed to foster the inherent creativity children are born with.  The children are led in activities that engage and grow their problem solving skills.  The goal is to have students leave STMPG with a broadened, more creative mind. Activities are designed for open-ended outcomes so that children encounter projects that can be resolved with their individual solution. Activities are enriching and satisfying for a whole range of work styles and abilities. Each child concludes with work over which they feel ownership and pride, regardless of individual skill level.

  • Discovery and investigation of the physical world is a central part of the curriculum.  Experimentation and searching for individual solutions help to broaden conventions of thinking and keep children’s minds actively engaged.

 

MOVEMENT

 

  • Children are natural movers and are insatiably curious. They need to move, vocalize, touch, listen and watch in order to process the world around them. Neurological pathways within our bodies connect our thoughts to our actions. This conversation between the mind and the body allows us to apply knowledge and self-regulate behavior, making children successful learners, movers and functional members of society.

  • Our movement program provides the opportunity to help children harness their natural ability, boost their executive function, develop fundamental movement skills and apply them successfully. It will help them to develop physical skills, become efficient movers, gain confidence and learn about their body’s movement potential.

  • Yoga, creative movement and drama are so complimentary of each other, each support a child’s need to play while focusing on their physical, creative, social, emotional, and behavioral development. Pairing this with the fundamental movement skills and creating the foundation of sports has created an amazingly rich curriculum and fun learning environment.

  

MUSIC

 

  • Our music program blends a variety of techniques that include Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. The Kodaly method has a strong emphasis on singing and listening which will aid in developing the young voices of our students. The methods of Orff and Dalcroze are strongly associated with movement and psycho-motor development. The compilation of these styles will help our students discover and enjoy many musical concepts, tasks and games.

SPANISH

  • Blending extensive classroom experience with her native Argentinian background and Spanish fluency, our master teacher of 20 years has crafted a dynamic and interactive program for the children to enjoy. Learning to speak more than one language boosts problem-solving skills, listening skills, memory, creativity and concentration.  A child’s brain is receptive to language learning at a young age, therefore it happens organically. Children who learn language at an early age are more likely to reach proficiency in the language as well. The children at St. Thomas More Play Group experience a natural immersion in Spanish language and culture. Each class includes movement, music, stories and visuals as well as tactile materials to engage each child and encourage learning.

SCIENCE

  • Our science teacher aims for the children to recognize that science is around them every day. They explore with a sense of wonder, as they’re introduced to marine biology, animal habitats, human anatomy, botany, astronomy, and geology.