Monday through Friday
Half-Day or Full Day
PreK is located at Stepping Stones- The Next Step at 9321 Ridge Blvd, Brooklyn, NY.
Pre-Kindergarten is a time to create so many wonderful memories. The preschoolers are so busy working on their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development by being energetic and imaginative. Their imaginations will run wild during their preschool year as they explore weekly themes of language, mathematical, science, social, and literacy topics. The four-year-old children develop problem-solving skills and scientific thinking skills through science experiments, field trips, homework, and monthly hands-on projects. There are daily, small, and whole-group activities directed by the teachers and children. These activities increase self-confidence while encouraging their sense of humor and willingness to be adventurous.
Portfolios and developmental assessments are used to document the achievements of the children. Parent-teacher communication is ongoing with weekly newsletters and is further enhanced with parent-teacher conferences twice a year. Special event performances are conducted by the children twice a year for the parents’ enjoyment. The children are involved in the community by participating in neighborhood events and charitable organizations. Pre-k students are also involved in many classroom celebrations throughout the year. They are engaged in social events and an academic curriculum that will prepare them for Kindergarten and throughout their educational journey.
Daily Schedule for Four-Year-Olds
Morning Circle Time
This is where the children are greeted with a new song per week, introduced to the day of the week, the month of the year, the year, and today’s weather through music and dance. The letter and number of the week are introduced and the class discusses the topic of the day.
Outdoor Play Time
A balance of individual and group play opportunities in the outdoor play yard. The children are encouraged to climb, slide, and ride the trikes in the outdoor area. The children also walk to the local parks throughout the school year.
Small group sessions will be conducted for the children to work in their writing journals. The children are taught crayon and pencil formation and increase their fine motor skills throughout the year.
A balance of individual and small groups play in the centers set up in the classroom. The children rotate centers throughout the day. Centers are based on the theme of the week and/or related topic they are learning about.
Concepts of math that are introduced are further implemented through their math journal which will include the math topics of the month. Counting and number recognition are reinforced in their math journals.
Story Time/Reading Response Journals
A short story, poem, or nursery rhyme is read to the whole class and in small groups followed by illustrating a picture and answering a question in their reading journals.
The children will engage in a teacher-directed activity that pertains to the monthly themes, curriculum standards, or special holiday events.
Children will wash their hands, use the potty, and clean up to prepare for lunch.
Each child will be encouraged to sit at the table to eat with their friends. Lunch from home will be heated as needed and the children will begin to foster independence at mealtime while the teacher models good eating habits.
Half-day children will be dismissed outside the front of the school.
The children will engage in large group teacher-directed movement activities.
Science is discovered through hands-on experiments, group lessons, and using many different exploratory tools in the classroom.
Children will rest and listen to classical lullaby music as they rest up for the afternoon activities.
Afternoon Circle Time
Afternoon friends are welcomed to class. Letter and number review through music, dance, or literature as well as discussing the afternoon lessons.
The children will engage in different activities per day: Monday (Yoga), Tuesday (No-Bake Cooking/Science), Wednesday (Visual Arts), Thursday (Dramatic Play/ Theater) Friday (Dance Party/ Creative Movement)
Center Time/Activity Time
A balance of individual and small groups in the centers set up in the classroom. The children will engage in a teacher-directed activity that pertains to the monthly themes, curriculum standards, or special holiday events.
The children will enjoy a small snack and beverage from home with their friends.
A balance of individual and group play opportunities in the outdoor play yard.
End of the Day Circle Time
Review of the day’s events, a discussion about what will happen tomorrow, and preparation for the children for departure.
Children who are full day will be dismissed outside the front of the school.