There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience.
Daß alle unsere Erkenntniß mit der Erfahrung anfange, daran ist gar kein Zweifel.

~Immanuel Kant~

Here at Pusteblume International Preschool we aim to provide quality positive experiences that foster and nurture creativity, independence, and self-sufficiency.  We believe that the highest level of learning is achieved through a creative and positive environment, where children learn through a combination of play and academic curriculum.  Our main goal is to provide preschoolers with a cheerful, safe, and child-centered environment through developmentally appropriate practice. Our daily curriculum focuses on the development of preschoolers’ social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development.  Our curriculum objectives allow children to develop to their fullest potential, with consideration for their unique qualities and characteristics.

Our highly skilled professional staff of early childhood educators integrates the most recent research-based practices with consideration for the international, national, and New York State standards.  Our preschool classroom is equipped to provide safe, quality instruction that fosters children’s ability to make independent choices, provide ample opportunities for creative expression, encourage independent work, and promote problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

We integrate intellectual and physical developmental strategies that are based eclectically on multiple learning and developmental theories.  Research has shown that children develop best in a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment.  Our curriculum nurtures the development of self-control and fosters the development of children’s self-confidence.  We offer a spacious area for gross-motor development, rich reading centers, an abundance of manipulatives that help to develop fine-motor skills, and other extra-curricular creative activities that children enjoy.

While attending Pusteblume, children will enjoy a caring, intellectual, and safe environment, while parents and guardians will feel secure about their children’s time away from home.

The daily schedule reflects the needs and the abilities of the children in the classroom. Our program supports the entire learning process by offering free play, circle-time, center-time, and outdoor activities.

AM
8:30 – 9:00    Arrival Time,Free-play
9:00 – 9:15    Toy Clean Up
9:15 – 9:30    Potty Time, Hygiene
9:30 – 10:00   Morning Snack
10:00 – 11:00  Circle Time

  • Stacking Toys
  • Sorting Shapes
  • Using Manipulatives
  • Playing with Construction Blocks, Toys
  • Playing with Foam Blocks
  • Stuffed Toys
  • Science-nature Tubes, Magnifiers
  • Art and Play-experiencing clay, Paint, Paste, Drawing, Play with Instruments, Finger Play, Finger Paint

11:00 – 12:00  Gross Motor, Playground

PM
12:00 – 12:30  Hygiene and Lunch
12:30 – 2:30   Nap Time/Quiet Time
2:30 – 3:00    Center Time
3:00 – 3:30    Story Time with Activity
3:30 – 4:00    Afternoon Snack
4:00 – 4:45    Gross-motor Activity

  • Dancing
  • Games
  • Movement with Music
  • Music Time
  • Finger Plays

4:45 – 5:15    Center Time
5:15 – 5:30    Table Toys

Circle-time vs. Center-time:
Circle-time involves reading activities.  These are teacher-directed, involve read-aloud, discussions about favorites books, holidays, etc., and social development. Center-time is the time of both child-directed and teacher-directed play and activities.  Center-time allows children to develop certain educational and social skills.

Snack and Meal Times:
Any snack and meal time provides excellent opportunities for all children to informally engage in an important socialization process. For example, taking turns throughout the school year, one child might be in charge on a given day to “set the table” and serve the snacks and pour the drinks. Other children who received the snacks, drinks, and napkins, can express their appreciation. While children are having their snacks, they can chat in an informal but respectful and personal way with their classmates.