Children learn independent learning skills
Our quality play based curriculum encourages critical thinking, self direction, self expression, focus, self esteem, imagination and making connections. This along with the infusion of art, music, dance, and physical fitness classes gives our students a strong foundation for success in their ongoing school life as do the variety of activities presented that celebrate diversity and promote cultural awareness. As NYC is a highly competitive environment you can be certain our children are well prepared to take on the rigors of all ongoing kindergarten programs.
Daily Class Structure
Our teachers create the daily structure for each classroom and plan activities to encourage the children to make choices and own their work. This in turn enables them to become independent learners. During the course of the day, children have choice time, circle time, teacher-facilitated play, group activities, small-group play, one on one time, meal times, nap, and outside or gym play.
Teachers work on the children’s developmental skills by providing small-group activities: educational games to expand listening skills or language development, pre-math and science games, pre-reading readiness and writing activities, as well as art, music, and movement. Our expansive facility which includes a large indoor gym, an outdoor play deck, and wading pool allows our children to take advantage of physical activity come rain or shine. We also provide supplemental activities such as yoga and dance and movement. All of this physical activity coupled with the healthy meals provided instills healthy living habits hopefully minimizing the risk of childhood obesity. And, our own in house Chef Jeff Yalan plays an important role in the development of an overall healthy and well balanced pre-school child who’s being prepared for their next level of education.
We have an outdoor raised planter garden. The goal of our garden program is to instill a love and respect for the natural world, and show our interrelated and interdependence with it. We engage their senses, and learn through hands on involvement. The children learn about health and nutrition, plant life cycles, and the concept of garden to table. When planting the children learn about sharing, cooperation, and communication. This year we have teamed with another non-profit, Harlem Seeds (www.harlemseeds.org) , combining their knowledge and skills, and their older children with our staffs’ knowledge and our children. It has been a great collaboration.