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Because kids, books and big dreams matter.

We are two early-childhood educators with a passion for literacy and a love of collaborative learning. After teaching Kindergarten together, we decided to combine our twenty-four years of teaching in New York City private schools and working as private tutors, to bring an approach to pre-literacy learning that is refreshingly age-appropriate while still providing a life-long foundational skill set for literacy.

We believe that children’s curiosity and enthusiasm should be a driving force in their learning. LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! sets the bar joyfully high while meeting children wherever they are on their literacy journey. We created this unique approach to give children the tools that they need to foster a life-long love of reading.

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Rachel Rubin

I knew I wanted to be an early childhood educator from the moment I met my own kindergarten teacher. My childhood was spent trying to replicate her magic as I babysat, cared for my younger siblings, and worked at summer camps. After graduating from UCLA and getting my master’s degree in early childhood education at Bank Street, I solidified my interest in being one of the first teachers that children encounter - a teacher who ignites a spark of curiosity and a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.

My professional career began in a 4s classroom where I started living this dream; applying my passion and training to create authentic and meaningful experiences for communities of little learners. Over the past 10 years, I’ve been a head teacher in NYC private schools, moving along the developmental continuum from 4s, to Pre-K, and then to Kindergarten. All the while, I’ve maintained a commitment to play-based learning while building rich curriculum that delivers critical foundational skills.

I am excited for this next chapter of little literacy learning at LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay!


Annie Dycus

I began as a French teacher having spent several years living, painting and writing in Paris where I received my M.A. from Columbia University. After moving to New York, I started working at a small progressive school while also earning my MS ed at the Bank Street School of Education. It was there that I found my true home both intellectually and spiritually. This small community of dedicated, gifted teachers and bright, curious students helped me to recognize the connection between making art and teaching young learners. I believe that the role of the teacher is threefold; PROVIDE a joyful, engaging environment for learning, LISTEN respectfully at all times in order to foster a community of respect within a group of students and, finally, creatively SUPPORT each child individually so that they might access their emerging interests and talents. I am Orton-Gillingham trained as well as currently an Admissions Associate at a small private school in Manhattan. I am also a mom of three boys. While life in New York City keeps me busy, I am so excited for the work that we are doing at LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay! and all the adventures we will have together.