Our Distinctive Approach
At 82nd Street Academics, we want delighted children, learning mysteries to explore, and family moments to bring a child’s world of home and preschool together.
- Summer is a great time for families to work on the transition challenge because the fun atmosphere at 82nd Street Academics brings a lot of joys to chase away tears.
Transition away from home and mommy/daddy is a boundary issue for parents and child. It is a new frontier and all of the possibility — and problems that are 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
- Confusion by the change into a larger environment
- Anticipation of chance to explore and master new tasks and toys
- Irritation at the need for conformity with classroom and bathroom rules and schedules
- Embarrassment at their lack of knowledge about a new situation
- Impatience with a strong desire to show abilities to adults and classmates
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
- Child’s perspective – Teacher asks the child what emotions they are feeling and helps them to chart emotions in the first month of PreSchool. It is critical that the teacher understands how each child is approaching the PreSchool experience.
- Ritual – we ask that each family equip their child with a small bookbag with an empty water bottle and small pack of crayons. Finding and carrying the bookbag each day demonstrates to the child that school is a different activity than home with different people and customs. At the end of the day, the child returns home with the bookbag and puts it away.
- Play immersion – An engaging fun transition experience happens at the beginning of the Summer Scientists day. The transition activity creates a base emotion of fun and laughter. While the child will still have other emotions, they can choose to spend more of the class day with emotions of happiness or success.
- Classroom friendships – First school activities include friendship building. Students face the challenge of learning classroom systems as they sit near and compare notes with a buddy.
- Meals – The meal time ritual is introduced early because food gathers people of all ages. Many children like the dependability of the daily schedule and the meal is an early fascination for children.
- Classroom rules – some children are eager to comply and frustrated by vague customs and behaviors in the classrooms. Rules on hitting, sharing, using learning centers, and helping are discussed and repeated so that students are not embarrassed
- Parent communication – the daily email and checkins with parents help as parents are able to reinforce and validate the classroom experience. Teachers are aware of what is developmentally “typical” for a 2/4 year old socially, emotionally, intellectually…. and if a child’s behavior is above, at, or lagging the average.
Summer Scientists 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.
- We want parents to have full access to the learning process of their children. All of our classrooms are equipped with cameras and audio capabilities so that parents can keep track of daily activities and be reassured that their child is in a safe environment where we are delivering on our program promises. If questions or concerns do arise, our teachers answer their emails daily and turnaround initial responses within 1 school day. Additionally, our teachers send out weekly emails to inform parents about that day’s classroom activities and what steps parents can take at home to reinforce what was learned.
- With each student in our program, we develop not just purely academic skills, but also areas such as social-emotional health, physical development, language & literacy development, and mathematical/cognitive thinking. Our whole child approach is driven by adaptive, teacher-written lesson plans which incorporate multiple domains of learning (some of which will be more fully described below) and are checked and approved by our Early Childhood Program Director. Using these multiple domains of learning, we are able to better individualize each child’s instruction and experience in our program.
Thank you for your interest in our Summer Preschool 2019! Classes will be held for 8 weeks, from July 1st to August 23rd . This summer, our students will engage in exploration with the theme “Summer Scientists”. Summer Preschool programs offer special visits from organizations like Alley Pond, that come to conduct hands on activities that complement our theme. If you have any questions about our program, please speak with our staff at the Front Desk or call us at (718) 457-0429 x200/201. Join us for a summer of learning and fun! If you’re interested in preschool or UPK -programs for the 2018-2019 school year, please click- on the corresponding links for more information.
Do you have a child in grades K-8th? Check out our K-8 summer program here!
INTRODUCING: YOU! (for children born in 2015 & 2016 only) 8:30AM – 4:00PM/HALF DAY 8:30AM – 11:30AM or 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Students are exposed to the routine of school life and socialize with children their own age in a fun and structured learning environment. The program offers a gentle and playful introduction to preschool life. Children enjoy exploring and learning with new friends. Daily activities include circle time, read-alouds, outdoor physical recreation, choice time in centers, music and movement, small group play, learning with laptops, and arts and crafts. These activities help children develop language, cognitive and social-emotional skills, and exercise and play. Children may attend this program 2 days, 3 days, or 5 days per week.
UPK BOUND! (for children born in 2015 only) 8:30AM – 4:00PM/HALF DAY 8:30AM – 11:30AM or 1:00PM – 4:00PM
The “UPK Bound!” class introduces students to essential learning domains of UPK and encourages students to gain more independence and self-reliance as they transition into Pre-Kindergarten. The program is designed for students who will attend the Universal Pre-K program in September 2019. The curriculum of this class complements the concepts that children will learn in the fall and includes early literacy activities, science, social studies, math, art and music and movement, social emotional skills and physical education. Our teachers will use learning themes that excite the children’s interest and natural curiosity about the world around them. There is a 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day option for the full day schedule.
Sample Daily Class Schedule
8:30am – 8:40am Welcome! (See You Later, Parents!)
8:40am – 8:55am Table Top Toys, Play Dough, Coloring Activities
8:55am – 9:10am Good Morning Songs, Circle Time (Group Discussion)
9:10am – 10:00am Center Time
10:00am – 10:25am Snack and Group Bathroom Visit
10:25am – 11:00am Outdoor Play / Water Play
11:00am – 11:20am Read-Aloud Story and Music and Movement Time
11:20am – 11:30am Group Meeting to End Morning Session/Dismissal
11:30am – 12:45pm Full Day Children Have Lunch and Rest Time
12:45pm – 1:00pm Full Day Children Wake Up, Quiet Transition Activity
1:00pm – 1:10pm Welcome to Afternoon Friends!
1:10pm – 1:25pm Table Top Toys, Play Dough, Coloring Activities
1:25pm – 1:40pm Afternoon Circle Time and Group Meeting
1:40pm – 2:30pm Center Time
2:30pm – 2:55pm Snack and Group Bathroom Visit
2:55pm – 3:30pm Outdoor Play / Water Play
3:30pm – 3:50pm Read-Aloud Story, Music and Movement
3:50pm – 4:00pm Group Review to End Afternoon Session
- Exact length and content of activities vary, dependent on the children’s ages and developmental levels.
- Rest time is normally longer for children in the “Introducing: You!” group than in the “UPK Bound!” group.
- Content in the morning and afternoon sessions is varied to accommodate the needs of both full day and half day students.
- There is no rest/nap time for half day options
- Medical dated between September 1st, 2018 and June 30, 2019
- CACFP Income Verification form dated after September 1, 2018
- You will receive a letter in the mail or email in June noting any documents that we are missing and welcoming you to the program!