Units of Study
Our units of study allow our little learners to expand their primary understanding of themselves and the world around them. A consistent thread of themes gives our teachers the opportunity to help the children become critical thinkers while building important skills. Purposeful and creative play, reading, peer interaction and parent engagement, are among the many methods and tools used to help our children gain maximum benefits. Our units of study are : Welcome to Pre-K, My Five Senses, All About US, Where We Live, Transportation, Light, Water, Plants, Babies and Transformation
Below is a brief snapshot of one of our units of study:
Essential Question: How do we use our senses to explore, investigate and understand the world around us?
Example Focus Question:
How do we use our sense of sight?
Enduring understandings that the student should have by the end of the unit:
There are five senses. They are smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing.
We use our senses to understand our bodies, learn what they need and keep us safe.
We use our senses to learn about the people, places, objects and environment around us.
We experience and interact with the world differently when our senses, such as vision or hearing, are impaired.
Our STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) allows our students a sound foundation toward proficiency in these subjects as they grow and learn. Challenging them with various activities helps them to use their minds and hands to create new things. For more information, please see our STEAM page.
Our dual-language classes are a two-way immersion of English and a partner language, Spanish or Mandarin. This instruction is an option for both native English speaking students and English Language Learners.
Pre-K students will benefit from a full day of class instruction in English followed by a full day of instruction in the partner language. This program provides the same academic content and addresses the same standards as English language classes. Parents may expect their child to reach bilingual, biliteracy and bicultural goals.
We strongly believe that early literacy plays a key role in preparing children to succeed in school and life. Reading with and to the children is an important and fun activity at all our centers. Below is a view of the outstanding treasure of books present in every classroom of our program. Please click here to view our partial book list.
Our 11 centers are supervised by assistant principals. A site coordinator is also assigned at each center and available to parents and caregivers. Please see our administration page and centers page for contact information.
Each class is led by a teacher highly skilled and accredited in early childhood education. A trained paraprofessional is also assigned to assist in every classroom. Classroom ratio may be a maximum of 20:1:2 or 18:1:1.
Every center has the avid participation of cluster teachers. Cluster teachers visit each classroom to add extra enrichment through instruction in various subjects such as STEAM, movement and music, math, science, visual arts and theater arts.
Our school nurses are highly trained and licensed medical professionals. They offer a spectrum of health services determined by New York State law, NYC health code and the Chancellor's regulations.
Our social workers are certified by the state of New York and circulate among our 11 centers in order to be available to parents and caregivers.
Our parent coordinator is located at our 11 centers on a rotating schedule. Parents may also communicate with her via phone and email every school day. Please see our administration page for contact information.
An NYPD school safety agent is present at every center at all times. Safety measures, evacuation drills and soft lock-down drills are strictly observed at every center.
School hours are scheduled from 8:20 A.M. to 2:40 P.M.
Breakfast and lunch are served daily in the classrooms via a family style setting. This allows for peer interaction and socialization. Our healthy menu includes fresh fruit and milk. We work with parents to the best of our ability if their child has a dietary or allergy restriction. To learn more about the NYC School Food Program, please click here: http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/schoolfood/MenusDailyDisplay.aspx
Daily nap/rest time follows the lunch period. Each child is provided with their own cot. Parents are asked to provide a clean sheet and blanket.
After-school hours are available via NIA. Availability is based on an overall response rate from parents in need of this service.
Pre-K centers are closed on all federal holidays and many religious holidays as well. School administration maintains a strong communication with parents to inform of additional days that school may be closed or for a change in dismissal time. To view the NYC DOE school calendar, please click here: http://schools.nyc.gov/Calendar/default.htm?mo=10&yr=2016
Ongoing translation is part of our effort to effectively communicate with parents and caregivers. We have an active relationship with the NYC DOE Translation Unit as well as translators on site at each center.To know more about free translation tools available to every family, please click here: https://infohub.nyced.org/resources/communications/translation-and-interpretation
Each center benefits from a dedicated custodial team. Our custodians are responsible for the daily cleanliness of all classrooms as well as ongoing maintenance, repair, and safe operation of every building in our program.