When Kindergarteners arrive for the day, they independently check in on the BrightLink, have quiet Choice Time, and then move on to answer a question of the day. Questions drive purposeful discussions that welcome our young scholars and prepare them for a full day of learning. “How did you get to school today?” . . . “What did you eat for breakfast?” . . . “Who else had eggs this morning?”
Sitting together in a circle, students review the day ahead, talk about daily jobs, and express feelings about their community. Meeting Time reinforces a sense of daily structure and emphasizes individual and group responsibilities.
Students travel to specialist classes including art, music, Spanish, physical education, and library. Each school day is enriched through explorations of movement, creative expression, foreign language study, and the magic of reading.
Students learn to tell stories about their families and interests through pictures and words. The building blocks of literacy are developed with fun and engaging exercises that lead up to student-made books.
Children eat lunch in the dining room and enjoy time together with their friends. The year begins with a study of nutrition to inform students as they are selecting their food for the first time. Following cleanup, they rest on mats and listen to music or look at books. After this recharge, they’re ready for an afternoon of learning.
The joys and challenges of reading are built into every Kindergarten day. A dynamic curriculum exposes each child to decoding skills (such as phonemic awareness and syllabication) and reading comprehension strategies (such as sequencing and summarizing).
Work time is a productive part of every day, when Kindergarteners explore many themes and foundational academics, while also learning to manage their time. Projects around self-portraits explore self-expression. Handwriting and other writing exercises complement Writing Workshop and help establish a love of written expression. Children actively learn mathematical building blocks, such as counting and estimation while engaging with pattern blocks or Cuisenaire Rods. Studies of community intersect with students’ curiosity about the world. Science exploration, focused on animals and the environment, forms the basis of analytical thinking.
Excursions across the street to Central Park are a part of almost every Kindergarten day. Nature walks, trips to the zoo, collecting leaves and other natural materials all enhance the learning experience in the classroom. Physical activities are also essential complements to academics, and Kindergarteners joyfully look forward to regularly scheduled play in Central Park.
Trevor’s robust AfterSchool program extends the learning day and offers dynamic classes—including martial arts, creative movement, and chess. Students also have the opportunity to take private music lessons through the AfterSchool Music Conservatory