Welcome to Open Arms Preschool: Where your child can play, explore, and create!
OAPS is a school founded on the philosophy that play is a child's vehicle for learning. We view learning as a natural and ongoing process, occurring as we interact with our environment, and we view each child as an individual who develops and discovers in their own ways. Building meaningful relationships between teacher and child, and among other children, is central to the work we do.
We are conveniently located in East Midtown near the Manhattan neighborhoods of Gramercy Park, Union Square, Peter Cooper Village, Stuyvesant Town, Kips Bay, and Murray Hill.
Our programs are based on The Creative Curriculum, which rests firmly on a foundation of early childhood education research. Our curriculum addresses academic content while keeping a purposeful play philosophy. (We play with a purpose!) A central goal is to help each child acquire the social-emotional competence and skills he or she needs to succeed as a learner. We strive to create a peaceful classroom community where each child can explore, create and experiment freely. Our curriculum includes regular schedules and routines, and reflects state learning standards as it supports teaching content in a developmentally appropriate way. Here are a few examples:
What children are learning when they play at or with:
- Sensory Table/Play Dough: (sand, rice, water, etc.)—pouring, hand-eye coordination (writing skills); counting, measuring, balance (math); sharing (social skills); imagination, role playing (creative thinking & social skills).
- Puzzles & Manipulative Toys: observation, motor planning, hand-eye coordination (reading &writing skills); shape recognition, spatial awareness, matching, classification (math, science, & critical thinking skills).
- Imaginary Play Area: fact, fiction, role playing, imagination (creative thinking, social and emotional skills); awareness of community – workers, helpers, diversity (social studies).
- Indoor/Outdoor Play: cooperative groups, taking turns (social skills); gross and fine motor development.
- Circle Time: learning songs and rhymes (vocabulary/language skills); listening to peer's talk (listening and speaking skills); participating in story-telling activities (language skills, creative and critical thinking skills)