Little Friends Preschool
          Marlboro NY

Where Learning and Caring Go Hand in Hand

Our Rooms

Infant Room

Our babies begin their Little Friends experience with Misses Linda, Nina, Bernadette and Rosie. These competent, capable, seasoned teachers take their new charges under their wings and begin the socialization process. We offer the best baby care in the area with a three to one baby/teacher ratio. Our teachers are experts at feeding, changing and understanding the needs and wants of babies. Communication with parents is paramount and extensive through daily grams, care logs and conversations that help everyone to understand what's happening at school and how each baby is growing.
Our baby room is clean, efficient and organized to assure an effective atmosphere for superior care. To get the very young to relax and grow competently, capably and respectfully there's lots of hugs, kisses, reading, singing, playing and talking! Socialization through modeling respectful language, singing songs, reciting nursery rhymes, reading books, working puzzles, playing games as well as encouraging free play begins the learning process. Younger babies learn from the older babies and it's a joy to behold! By the time children graduate to the Toddler Room at 18 months they're well prepared for the new challenges. They're walking, talking, playing cooperatively and responding to adult directions. They've learned how to eat, rest and play independently as well as to listen to books, sing songs, put together simple puzzles, count to five and beyond, move their bodies safely and follow simple directions. We're very proud of the progress of our babies.


Toddler Room

At 18 months to 3 years our toddlers spend time with Misses Charlene, Ashley, Ciara and Lindsay. These teachers continue the socialization process by adding more structure as well as play experiences related to letter and number recognition and pre-reading, writing and math skills. Free play begins the day as the children start their morning with breakfast (if they haven't eaten at home) and then move into centers to begin their day's work of playing intently. Teachers can use this time to work individually on projects and to help children grow their skills. Music and movement figure prominently throughout the day and dancing toddlers are a common site early in the morning! More structure is introduced throughout the day as toddlers are cared for tenderly and competently. Academics are introduced at the appropriate time and in the context of the child's understanding. Theme of the month begins to emerge and all events are related to school themes to give the child a framework and to reinforce relevance. Two years old can be a challenging time for all but at Little Friends challenges are viewed as a way to help us to cooperate, grow and learn. Parents are viewed as partners and communication remains an important focus. Toddlers learn to sing, count, recite rhymes and say the alphabet. Most are toilet trained, play cooperatively and learn to follow more complicated directions by the time they move to the three year old room.

Three Year Old Room

By the time a child moves to the 3 year old room they have learned so much! They are prepared to listen to a class story, begin to learn the days of the week, memorize the months and nursery rhymes, learn more about numbers and letters, and begin to draw and write. Miss Ella, Miss Bernadette and Miss Jean welcome them and provide the perfect atmosphere to model appropriate behaviors and continue lessons in respect as well as academics. All experiences are rooted in play so the children grow while they imitate the caring adults around them. Miss Ella's Master's degree in art education and certification in Child Development keeps the children playing, dancing, creating and learning in fun and age-appropriate ways. Learning through themes continues through theme-related books, games, movement and music. School-age older children sometimes read to the younger and play theme related games and activities. Appropriate modeling is taught and encouraged as the younger children delight in playing with the older ones.
With lots of loving care and attention our three year olds emerge ready to begin the four year old preschool experience.
                                                    

Four Year Old Room

 Our Four Year Old Daycare room prepares our children for the formal school experience. Children are growing towards this goal from birth so it's an exciting prospect for all. Miss Stacie has the nature, the experience and the skill to meet this challenge. Miss Rosie is her very caring and capable aide who helps the children to learn and play constructively, respectfully and safely.
In this room there's more emphasis on letters, numbers, reading and writing. Manipulatives such as unifix cubes, pattern blocks, lego building blocks and math workjobs help to develop math skills. The 1000 Book Project, guided reading and interactive writing help to develop literacy and a love of reading. Science is a focus with outdoor and indoor gardens, observation building and deductive reasoning development. Social Studies skills are addressed through our themes and character development.
As with all of our rooms Little Friends strives to create a love of learning in a safe, nurturing environment that balances play and active learning. Through communicating, connecting and cooperating it is our aim to get children and parents on the right road to school success. 

Four Year Old Preschool Program

Our 4 Year Old Preschool Program is intended for children who do not need extended care. It operates from 8:45 AM to 2:45 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and follows the school calendar. Our Miss Marilyn has been teaching this program for over 10 years and her expertise is evident in all that she does. She works very closely with Miss Stacie and their curriculum mirrors each other. Miss Christine is Miss Marilyn's very able assistant and together they prepare the children for their kindergarten experience by introducing formal math, reading, science and social studies lessons through fun and instructive theme based activities. They use manipulative materials such as lego building blocks, marble runs and work stations along with quiet reading and theme related activities to keep the children engaged while they work in small groups and individually to develop skills. These curriculum enabling activities prepare children for similar experiences in kindergarten. Outdoor play focuses on building social skills and learning about our environment. 
Graduation ceremony culminates the year with a showcase of all that was learned in this crucial year.
Parents are kept informed at drop off and pick up times of their child's daily activities and encouraged to share experiences through informal "chats" each day.