Life is race and it starts early. The happiest and most successful children run the race with confidence, eager to try out the next skill and use their curiosity. An excellent PreSchool helps parents in the task of guiding their child wisely.
In our experience, parents start the PreSchool search with one of these questions:
To find out more about 82nd Street Academics – start with the question tab below that is your biggest concern:
Parents are universally concerned about development and learning. There are different models of teaching and children develop at various rates and in different ways. Parents want their child to develop without damage in the process.
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Three areas are critical to consider to avoid a bad choice:
82nd Street Academics has three jewels in our system as we strive to be the best Preschool experience in Queens.
We only hire certified teachers and we give 10 professional developments during the year. There are classroom formal observations by the Director of Early Childhood and quarterly appraisals. Lesson plans are checked and teachers meet to plan joint monthly themes. Assistant teachers are licensed and attend Professional Development as well. We expect the highest professional standards in the classroom. We use a system of one Teacher and two assistants in the classroom. While one of the assistants may be out of the classroom with a bathroom trip or lunch trip, the classroom stays in ratio so that the students get a consistent quality experience all day.
As many states adopted the Common Core Learning standards, 7 learning domains have been developed as Pre Kindergarten Foundations for the Common Core (although in revision)
82nd Street Academics uses the first four standards to develop lesson plans for the three year old program and the entire set of seven domains is used for the UPK 4 year old program. At 82nd Street Academics, our goal is always appropriate development for Kindergarten success.
82nd Street sees appraisal as a necessary component of a great program. We use three tools to ensure results for your child
If you are concerned about curriculum and student development, then you will find 82nd Street ready to be a partner for the highest quality experience.
Parents take constant care of their baby and child until school starts. For the next 15 years, the child enters the school building and parents get very little feedback about the classroom environment. Grandparents get even less unless they live in the same community. While positive discipline is now the rule at most schools and preschools, teachers still have a great deal of influence on classroom environment. If the classroom environment in your school had teacher’s pets or too many rules – how would you know?
In an age of smart phones and text, more communication should be available to parents.
82nd Street Academics is a leader in parent access to your child at all times.
If you want to see the friends, atmosphere, and classroom activities for your child, come to 82nd Street Academics because you never really lose touch during the day!
There are two types of children. Some kids are durable with new experiences and can play happily on a boat during a hurricane. Other children need time to adjust to new surroundings. They may cry for extended periods as they react to situations that are not part of their everyday experience.
Transition into Preschool is a boundary issue for parents and child. It is a new frontier and all of the possibility — and problems that is part of crossing any boundary.
Parents may experience loss as their child steps forward into more independence. Children will have a range of emotions based on their personality and previous home experiences. Children may experience
The National Early Childhood Transition Center reports that transition consequences for a young child can be traced until the 3rd grade. Unsuccessful transition can result in lower verbal and literacy skills in particular. A child who transitions (to awareness of others, awareness of self, and confidence) can relax and accept the developmental and conceptual program.
82nd Street Academics emphasizes the importance of transition with its research based Transition curriculum
82nd Street Academics transition activities recreate the learning experience from the child’s perspective instead of the teacher’s perspective. This will become a critical template that your child uses to transition to Kindergarten and beyond.
82nd Street Academics provides a Half Day Preschool program which offers a gentle introduction to school life. The program develops students’ pre-math and pre-literacy skills, and engages young minds through arts, music, gross-and fine-motor activities, and fosters social-emotional development.
For many children, Preschool is the first experience within a group setting. At 82nd Street Academics, we provide children with a positive, first educational experience that lays a strong foundation for future development.
The Half-Day Preschool is a private, tuition-based program open to children 2 years of age. The class will be held with a maximum capacity of 16 students at a time. The program is led by a NYS-certified teacher and a student staff ratio of 1:8 or less. The class runs from the hours of 8:00am to 11:00am and 11:30am to 2:00pm. Read about our Learning Park & Playground here!
Students can attend Half Day Preschool two, three, or five days a week. The program is open to students starting at the age of two years and six months. Please call 82nd Street Academics for with any questions or to arrange a school tour. We accept HRA and ACD vouchers, please obtain voucher before registering for a program with 82nd Street Academics.
8:00am – 8:15am Arrival and Table Toys
8:15am – 8:30am Circle Time
8:30am – 8:45am Music and Movement
8:45am – 9:00am Read Aloud
9:00am – 9:05am Group Bathroom Visit
9:05am – 9:20am Introduce Concept of the Day
9:20am – 9:55am Center Time Small Group Focus on Today’s Concept
9:55am – 10:00am Group Bathroom Visit
10:00am – 10:20am Snack and Clean Up
10:20am – 10:55am Indoor / Outdoor Play
10:55am – 11:00am Getting Ready for Dismissal
September – June (167 days of instruction)
2 days per week (Tues., Thurs.) only available to students born in 2014
3 days per week (Mon., Wed., Fri.) only available to students born in 2014
5 days per week (Mon.-Fri.)
8:00 am – 11:00 am
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Happy Hour 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Early Bird 7:30am- 8:00am
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Social-Emotional Health: This area includes developing self-awareness, becoming more independent, taking personal responsibility in the school environment, and showing empathy for others. These skills are vital for future success in life.
Physical Development: Children improve gross motor skills (using large muscle groups) and fine motor skills (control over muscles in hands). We want children to learn the importance of physical activity at a young age.
Language & Literacy Development: Three-year olds have rapidly developing listening and speaking abilities. The daily activities in our program help young children express their thoughts and understand others. Activities also include letter recognition and the development of phonemic awareness and phonics skills necessary for emergent readers.
Mathematical & Cognitive Thinking: This area includes logical thinking skills such as comparing, sorting, measuring, and pattern recognition as well as learning numbers. We teach problem-solving skills so children become active learners. Through play, children learn to use symbols, developing their capacity to understand abstract ideas.
We incorporate these learning domains throughout each daily activity. Children explore their individual interests in classroom centers, which include blocks, dramatic play, manipulative toys, sand and water, and art.They will also engage in group activities such as gross motor time, read-aloud, outdoor science exploration, cooking, singing, and daily discussions. We emphasize physical activity. Children have active play opportunities every day in The Learning Park or indoors in the classroom. Our schedule allows children time to be independent by playing alone, to make friends by working in small groups, and to build a community in the classroom through whole group activities.
Teachers observe and evaluate children to find out more about their interests, which are the basis for classroom themes and activities. This keeps students motivated and engaged in child-centered learning. At 82nd Street Academics, our staff is committed to building a strong partnership with your entire family to give your child the best learning experience possible!