Multiage Pre-K Class
3 to 5 days a week
Half Day and Full Day programs available
For children who are three to five years old at the start of the school year
The Pre-K class expands on our Twos program to include more pre-math and early literacy skills; the various curricula that emerge from the children's interests are infused with the foundational concepts that children need to be exposed to before entering Kindergarten.
The teachers begin the school year by carefully arranging the classroom with various areas of interest: dramatic play, a reading corner, a sensory table, a block building area, a drawing and writing center, and a clay table. For the first four to six weeks of school, while the children explore the classroom, the teachers are focused on getting to know the children, helping them get to know each other, and documenting their interests. We look for recurring themes in their play, and interesting questions and ideas that arise. Teachers meet weekly and discuss their documentation of the children’s interests, and begin to develop curricula from there.
We are always asking questions about the meaning and values of the work we are doing with children, and responding to the children by planning, posing questions, and presenting the children with new materials and challenges.
Please take a look at the following EXAMPLES of how we develop learning experiences:
We also seek to bring families into our learning endeavors as much as possible. Teachers post regularly on a class blog, which parents may access at any time, to read about their children’s lives at school and post feedback and ideas. Parents are encouraged to join us at school to contribute to special projects.
Click here to see a Sample Daily Schedule.
- Half Day: 8:45 - 12:00
- Full Day: 8:45 - 2:00 (8:45-12:00 on Friday)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
2:45 - 4:45pm
For children who are two, and not yet three in September 2016
Two-year-olds crave independence and are curious to explore the world around them. Our Twos Class offers a gentle introduction to the group experience by providing a nurturing, responsive environment that supports each child. The classroom, materials, and explorations are tailored to each child’s interests and developmental stage. Teachers meet weekly to discuss their observations of the children and develop curricula from there. For the teachers, the beginning of the year is devoted to getting to know the children, and establishing our routines based on the children’s rhythms and needs. For the children, this time is spent learning about their new classroom, classmates and teachers, and of course, working on the big task of separating. Our separation philosophy focuses on a gradual, child-centered, individualistic approach to separating from a parent or caregiver and attaching to a teacher or even looking forward to seeing a friend.
As the teachers get to know the themes and ideas the children are interested in, we facilitate experiences designed to harness their curiosity and expand the children’s thinking. In a day the children may build, paint, climb, dance, cook, sing, listen, and laugh. A supportive environment is at the heart of our class, and it is our goal to help children feel confident and enjoy their first school experience.
It is important to us to bring families into our learning. Teachers post regularly on a class blog, which parents may access at any time, to read about their children’s lives at school and post feedback and ideas. Parents are encouraged to join us at school to contribute to special projects.
Edible Garden Program
Housed in our side yard, the edible garden is an integral part of both our Twos and Multiage Pre-K curriculum. During Yard Time, children have the opportunity to explore and tend a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Children learn to care for the garden by taking turns watering plants, watching how they grow, and learning about weeds.
The garden presents a wonderful opportunity for children to experience new tactile sensations, interacting directly with the elements - soil, water, and sunshine - to understand how these forces help plants grow and provide the food we eat. Throughout the year, children learn to cook with the seasonal produce they harvest from the garden, sampling new flavors and textures with teachers and classmates.
This fall’s harvests include: radishes, collard greens, and sunflower seeds!
Our planned spring harvests include: hakurei turnips, fresh herbs and salad greens.
Year-round we also feed our favorite garden friends, the worms! Children are invited to place leftover food from our cooking activities into our worm bin—from egg shells to corn cobs, the worms eat it all. Insects like snails, bumble bees, and grasshoppers also enjoy our garden. Some call it home, while others simply stop by for a visit. Observing this level of our urban ecosystem provides an added source of discovery and surprise for the children.
With each new season, children see how the garden evolves. In the winter months, our garden projects continue inside the classroom, where we experiment with germinating seeds to watch how they grow, and planting our own sprouts, to eat during snack time!
We are excited to be planning our Summer Program at Brooklyn Schoolhouse! Each day we will have Free Choice Time in the classroom, Daily Meeting, Snack, Yard Time, Song Circle, Story, and our days will end with home-packed lunch together at the tables. We will spend a large portion of our time outside in our yard where we will add fun, summer elements to our open-ended building and play materials. Children will have the opportunity to blow bubbles, play in an outdoor water table, run through sprinklers in bathing suits, and play with beach balls! Inside, we will add glitter and other interesting materials to our art-making area. Parent involvement is always welcome!
Week 1 (June 4 - June 8) Cooking
- Working with fresh ingredients from the Brooklyn Schoolhouse edible garden.
- Making recipes from scratch such as pitas, tortillas, fruit kebabs, teas, and much more!
Week 2 (June 11 - June 15) Animal and Insect Exploration
- Children will explore and interact with different kinds of local creatures.
- Children will discover how to care for and respect other living things.
Week 3 (June 18 - June 22) Movement
- Experiencing different types of dance, such as, yoga, ballet, modern, salsa, descriptive movement and more!
- Exploring the way our bodies move to different tempos and sounds.
Week 4 (June 25 - June 29) Planting and Sprouting
- Planting and sprouting seeds.
- A trip to a local community garden (Parent volunteers will be appreciated!)
Week 5 (July 2 - July 6 Closed on July 4th) Recycled and Natural Materials Exploration
- Using recycled and natural materials to open the imagination.
- Constructing different unique creations and inventions with open ended materials.
Week 6 (July 9 - July 13) Artist Study
- Learning about the Masters and the techniques that they used.
- Learning how art can convey emotions and feelings.
Week 7 (July 16 - July 20) Water Play & Sensory Exploration
- Indoor and outdoor water table, with different tools or toys for experimenting and play.
- Running through sprinklers in the yard!
Week 8 (July 23 - July 27) Science
- Getting messy with exciting experiments.
- Investigating children's questions about the natural world.
For children 3 and 4 years old
9am - 12:30pm
3 days per week $285
4 days per week $360
5 days per week $425
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Registration is open through March 20th.
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Child Development Workshops
Child Development Workshops
2016/17 workshops and dates to be announced. Free and open to the community.
Parent observations / meetings with Colleen Goddard
We are very pleased to welcome Colleen Goddard, Ph.D. to our team at Brooklyn Schoolhouse this year! With over twenty years of experience in early childhood education, Colleen is an invaluable source of insight, understanding, and support for parents and teachers regarding matters of parenting and child development. For more information about Colleen's background please take a look at her bio below.
While Colleen hosts ongoing workshops with Brooklyn Schoolhouse, this school year we are pleased to offer parents the additional opportunity to work with Colleen directly. Parents are invited to arrange an observation and meeting with Colleen to discuss any questions or concerns they may have. We are thrilled to have Colleen as an integrated part of our team, and to be able to offer this wonderful opportunity to our families!
Colleen Goddard, Ph.D. works as the Child Development Specialist at Beginnings Nursery School and Brooklyn Schoolhouse. She has over 22 years of experience in early childhood education. Colleen received an Excellence in teaching Award from the NYC Early Childhood Professional Development Institute in 2009. She also received a Parent's Choice Award for Excellence in Educational Programming for a film she wrote and performed in, which addresses the social-emotional and psychological aspects of childhood cancer. She has worked as a contributing writer for the New York State Early Learning Guidelines as park if the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council and has been published by Psychology Today Online and ChangingMinds.Org. Colleen presents parent and teacher educational workshops and roundtables, at early childhood schools and centers, on a variety of topics related to human and child development. Colleen also works as an Assistant adjunct Professor at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, with the NYU School of Professional Studies CDA Program, and as a fieldwork supervisor for New York University graduate students in general and special education programs. She holds a Master's Degree in Human Development with a Specialization in Early Human & Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University where she completed her Ph.D. in Human/Child Development - her dissertation examines the significance of transitional objects at the beginning and end of life.