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11-10-2011, 08:43 AM
From OurTownNY (http://ourtownny.com/2011/11/09/three-decades-of-cooking-up-great-ideas-at-epiphany/) by Linnea Covington:

Since 1975, Levey has run the Epiphany Community Nursery School, a project that started with five neighborhood kids in the basement of a church. Now, the Upper East Side school teaches 160 children ages 2 to 5 from all over the world. While Levey no longer teaches her own class, she keeps busy running the institution and interviewing close to 400 families a year.

“I am always thinking of how to make it better,” she said over the phone, adding that the crux of her teaching is to make learning come alive for the children.

One way she does this is through creative programs. For example, the 4-year-olds have a “letter of the week” and do activities pertaining to that letter. When it’s P week, the teachers and students get to wear pajamas to class one day, bring something to show and tell that starts with P and cook piles of P foods, like pizza, pie and pasta.

Cooking is another way Levey teaches her kids, and even the 2-year-olds get an educational taste of the field.

“We cook every week—it’s a very important part of the program,” she said. “I love that they get to mix and measure and count, start with one thing and end up with another—after all, it’s the basis of science.”

Levey said everything they do with the kids has an educational orientation. Her goal isn’t to make them smarter but to allow them to become better learners.

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