Summer School’s Multicultural Fashion Show

Our Summer School students enjoy learning about the different cultures in their school. Understanding and developing social skills is extremely important for children to interact and engage with people from diverse cultures in a respectful way.

Posted by 82nd Street Academics on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Are You Ready to Be the Best Teacher for Your Child?

Are You Ready to Be Hired as the Best Parent Teacher for Your Child?


An effective parent is the best way to develop a child. School,  preschool, and after school programs become key partners but the parent role has the most potential. Why is that?

  1. Parents are likely to have most of the child’s time. The school may have 40 hours a week. Parents have every morning, every evening, and all weekends and holidays.
  2. The ratio is smaller. If your family has only one child, the adult/child ratio is 1:1 or 2:1. I was raised in a home with my parents and grandparents – 4:1! 😊 The best preschool is 1:5 and public schools spiral down to 1:32.
  3. The role of parent is much more emotionally supportive than the teacher role. I have several children. Some have gone on to fame and fortune. Others are still struggling economically. I’m 100% supportive of my children, regardless of their decisions or situations. Teachers also can be supportive but the parent role is unique. Children need support for self-confidence and success.
Parenting Time

The strength of the parent role cannot be overstated in raising confident children to be capable adults.

You may be reading this and wondering if there are areas where you can improve parenting skills. Carol Dweck and Paul Tough have great books on this, so I’m only giving the one – minute version

  1. Are you a single parent struggling with cash? Children can understand that their parents have struggles. My parents struggled with cash and talked about it openly. They were threatened with income insecurity. I think that the atmosphere at home made me more independent and ready to struggle. That’s not a bad thing.


My parents also balanced the struggle with caring acts. My mother baked desserts better than anything you can buy at The 4 Seasons. We had evening routines to read together and put together picture puzzles. The cost was minimal but the experience was incredible.

  1. Are you too stressed and angry? You may have a tough situation and are not ready for incessant questions every night or the normal misbehavior of children. Look for resources so that you have one protected part of each day just for you. That will build your emotional reserves for parenting.


Stressed parents tend to speak 2/3 less to their children and usually with negative warning words. Unstressed parents speak many more words daily and many more positive words. You need emotional reserves to make the change in your language.

  1. Are you stressed in marriage? Be careful not to ask your child for emotional support that should come from a spouse. Most marriages are not perfect. There still has to be a bright line so that your child can develop their own relationships successfully.
  2. Are you overprotective? Richard Reeves says that children from the upper middle class/ professional class do not do as well in some jobs that require risk and decisions under pressure. Why? Their parents tried too hard to create a perfect life instead of life with the normal risks and disappointments of childhood.


Children need occasional space from their parents to push them to independence. They fight against this since we all prefer a life with eternal maid and butler service, I sent my daughter to Cambodia at age 15 by herself. As soon as the plane left Newark, I remembered many things that I should have done. I had a sleepless night. Miraculously, she developed her own capacity to get through Bangkok and on to Phnom Penh. (I would never do it again, but it was a defining moment for her with wonderful results!)


So your child needs the best teacher. Are you ready to apply?


82nd Street Academics partners with parents. If we can help your family, let us know.

Expensive Gifts Parents Can Give Their Child

I’m sure you opened this article so you could feel guilty about not spending more cash 😊

It’s even worse. I want to talk about spending time with your child.

You and your child can have marvelous adventures without leaving your house. Would you rather walk in Central Park or solve mysteries like the Babysitter’s Club? Both are mind-expanding experiences. Adults and children have rich imaginations that add so much to either experience.

My parents were poor but they were rich in reading. We never visited New York City but I read the about kids who lived in Bayport, Long Island. In one book, they came to Manhattan and got lost in a department store. Fortunately, they discovered the camping section and food and stayed locked in the store all night in a tent! My mouth was open for an hour in amazement!

My parents both read aloud. One of their favorites was Gene Stratton Porter, a naturalist in Indiana. Her vivid stories of the flora and fauna of swamp life (plus some shady characters mixed in) took me in another direction about adult adventure.

My parents sometimes read slowly and I was impatient to get to the action and wanted a turn to read. I realize now that they were getting me ready to want to read out loud instead of asking me to do it. After my father’s slow cadence – I was ready to set a world record for decoding!

Our family simply did not have television. It was a different time.  It’s reasonable now to limit phone, computer, and TV so that kids find the richness of print and imagination. It’s unfair to cast out these nice things and expect children to find healthy substitutes. Why not have a family reading hour twice a week at 6pm and everyone participates? Kids will close chats but open their imagination. Have a fun way to choose the book of the week to read. And soon your family will be sailing up the Mekong under enemy fire with Bishop Yap to deliver food to hungry people!

When the habit takes hold, some of your children will never look back. I read 99% of the time in bed before I sleep. I’ve graduated to murder mysteries. I also try to read a nonfiction book each week, but evenings are to enrich the soul more than the mind.

If you want a partner to get more literacy in your family, ask about our programs at 82nd Street Academics.  Meanwhile, adventure is waiting. Close this computer and gather the kids!

PreSchool and Professional Parents

PreSchool is great for child development so why do professional parents feel so guilty about it?

Jamie Ladge (article below) explains the pressure to want to be a perfect person at work and a perfect parent too.

Half of the PreSchool parents at 82nd Street Academics are also proud of their diversity – two religions, two races, two languages, LGBT. Diversity is wonderful but it needs a safe space where diversity is appreciated.Diverse working professional families

What to do?

At 82nd Street, we are a safe space. Our staff and families embrace the creative atmosphere of child-centered development.  There’s a couple of family events for ‘meet and greets’ during the year.  And we keep the kids happy and developing. The room cameras, emails, and daily dropoffs and pickups make sure that you know how your child is progressing.

If problems occur, tell the teacher or the program director. We’ll make it right. We promise.

And if you’re not comfortable with your current PreSchool, you can come to 82nd Street.  We’ll accept your receipt for whatever you have already paid for this month at another center just to get you started. There is no substitute for the good feeling that your child is in a great place.

Call 718 457 0429 for a tour today!


How to Find the Right Preschool


Early childhood education programs, such as preschool or pre-k classes, give your child a valuable opportunity to learn skills that will help him excel in a kindergarten program. Your child will learn letters, shapes, and numbers, and will participate in numerous fun and educational activities such as arts and crafts.

Every child has different needs and preferences, which is why it’s important for you, as a parent, to find the right pre-school for your child. Watch this video to hear early childhood education experts discuss what to look for in a quality pre-school program, and what questions to ask the staff so that your child will feel comfortable and eager to learn.

The best early childhood education program in NYC is at 82nd Street Academics. Our program encourages gross motor and games, literacy and stories, drama and art, and family style great food! We offer a challenging prep school curriculum to children of all cultures and backgrounds, taught by highly qualified teachers with experience dealing with learning difficulties and language barriers. Call us today at (718) 489-3937 for more information.

Keeping Your Kids Healthy at School

Early childhood education is essential for all children. Yet, children who go to pre-k are more likely to develop colds than those who stay home. This is simply due to the increased exposure to germs. You can support your children’s well-being by teaching them how to wash their hands properly. Tell your children when it is necessary to wash their hands, such as after playing outdoors and using the bathroom, and before eating meals.

Watch this video to get some more helpful tips on keeping your children healthy throughout the school year. You’ll hear two early childhood education experts discuss food allergies and dispel myths regarding the spread of lice.

At 82nd Street Academics, your children will reach academic goals within a safe, clean environment. For more information about our test prep, after-school programs, summer school, or kindergarten programs near NYC, you can call us at (718) 457-0429.

Helping Your Child Succeed in Kindergarten

KindergartenKindergarten is a crucial year in early childhood education. Students at this age are hard at work learning the basics of mathematics, recognizing sight words, and writing the alphabet.

Parents can help students succeed in kindergarten, such as enrolling them in kindergarten programs after school. The staff to student ratio at public schools is 1 adult per 25 children. 82 nd Street provides a more individual attention for homework help and leadership skill building with 1 adult for 10 children.

Read Together Every Day
A lifelong love of reading is the doorway to incredible academic achievements. You can encourage your child to become a lifelong reader by setting aside time each day to read together. Let your child choose the book, even if he or she chooses the same book multiple times. Young children need repetition to truly grasp language.

Help Your Child Practice Writing
In kindergarten, children learn to write uppercase and lowercase letters, basic sight words, and their own names. Encourage your child to practice writing by having him or her create a homemade picture book. He or she can draw a series of pictures. With your help, your child can then accompany each picture with descriptive phrases and short sentences.

Encourage the Development of Math Skills
At this age, children aren’t yet ready for abstract concepts. Kindergarteners need to see visual representations of mathematic ideas. Help your child grasp basic math skills by creating learning opportunities out of real-life events. Head to the kitchen and have your child count the number of slices you can create with an apple. Ask your child to point out triangles, circles, and other shapes he or she sees around the home. Your child can learn comparing and contrasting skills by collecting pinecones or small rocks in the park and placing them in order from largest to smallest.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can join the After School Achievement Club at 82 nd Street Academics . Our after school program near NYC guides students in developing healthy study skills, social skills, and a positive attitude toward learning. Get started with the enrollment process today by calling (718) 457-0429. Or, visit us online for more information about our after school programs, kindergarten programs, and test prep.

Give Your Student a Jump Start in Summer School

Summer School at 82nd Street Academics gets students to the head of the class in September. Educational programs during the summer months provide students with the opportunity for in-depth, specialized learning. We mix in enough fun to keep motivation high as well as couple of trips. The real emphasis is language, literacy, and math that supercharges student preparation. We monitor student development with tests every Friday, homework every night, and two parent teacher sessions.

Additionally, summer school is a safe place for kids to be while their parents are at work or otherwise engaged.

Enhanced Grade Preparedness
You might think that students begin learning new facts and concepts as soon as they return to school in the fall. Unfortunately, this usually isn’t the case. Students spend much of the fall just trying to relearn what they have forgotten over the summer. Summer school keeps kids cognitively engaged and prevents them from forgetting the lessons of the previous school year. The result is that students enter school in the fall ready to jump right into new material.

Positive Educational Approach
Another reason why summer school will help your child succeed is that it nurtures a positive attitude toward learning. During summer school, your child will explore theme-based curriculum, hands-on learning activities, and educational field trips. This approach to education is engaging for students. It enables students to perceive learning as an incredible adventure, rather than a necessary chore.

82nd Street Academics provides a variety of educational programs for children, including after school programs, test prep, and summer school near NYC. Our summer school curriculum is designed to stimulate students’ curiosity, prevent learning loss, and give students the boost they need to be at the head of the class in the fall. Parents throughout NYC can contact us at (718) 457-0429 or view our programs online.

The Advantage of After School Programs

There are few things more important to you than your child’s education. Early educational steps can help your young student succeed in high school, college, and beyond. After school programs in New York City give your child a boost, improve academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, and even improve health. Studies show that students who attend after school programs get better grades in math and reading, and are less likely to be involved in juvenile crime. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about the importance of after school programs and how they can help your child achieve his or her full potential. Please share with your friends, family, and fellow parents.

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