Academic Program

Curriculum goals for the early childhood program involve creating an environment with many opportunities for growth in social emotional and cognitive development, emergent literacy, social studies, science and technology, mathematical thinking, physical development and health. We also offer opportunities for growth through music, creative movement, and the arts.


Young Toddlers and Twos

The New School Toddler Program consists of two young toddler classrooms and two 2-year-old classrooms, each with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Other staff, including a music teacher, floaters and afternoon staff, will support the classrooms throughout the day. During the first months of school, teachers will focus on building a classroom community where each child feels safe and ready to learn. The process includes a consistent routine, shared learning experiences, and bonding with teachers and friends.

The daily routine includes a balance of child-initiated and teacher-directed activities, small and large group experiences, and fine and gross motor activities. Children learn how to make choices within classroom learning centers. The carefully selected materials and activities provide opportunities for learning in the areas of language, literacy, science, social studies, fine and gross motor skills, and the arts.

Toddlers are beginning to have feelings of independence and using words and gestures to communicate. At school, they are beginning to learn how to be a member of a group. Through interaction with children, and with the support of teachers, children practice language and social skills throughout their school day.

Curriculum Goals

Social/Emotional Development

  • To develop the ability engage with and develop close relationships with adults in the classroom.
  • To develop the ability to respond to and engage with other children.
  • To develop a relationship with peers through interactions over time.
  • To develop the ability to express feelings through words.
  • To begin to develop the ability to manage emotional responses with assistance from others and independently.

Language and Literacy

  • To develop the ability to communicate using words and simple sentences.
  • To begin to develop the ability to have back and forth conversation.
  • To develop an interest in engaging with books and pictures in the classroom environment.
  • To develop the enjoyment of listening to stories being read aloud
  • To develop listening and comprehension skills.

Mathematics

  • To develop a beginning understanding of number and quantity.
  • To develop the ability to sort, group, and categorize.
  • To expose children to the concepts of more and less, shapes, patterns, and size.

Science and Nature

  • To expose children to many natural objects and materials while they are outdoors.
  • To use everyday events as a basis for learning about nature and science, for example discussing weather, examining leaves, or pointing out clouds in the sky.
  • To offer children natural objects for examination while they are indoors, for example, watering living plants in the classroom, watching fish in a fishtank.

Motor Skills

  • To offer many kinds of toys and materials for fine motor development, such as puzzles, art materials, interlocking blocks.
  • To develop gross motor skills such as walking, running, use of wheel toys, playing with balls.
  • To develop self-help skills such as assisting with cleaning up, passing out napkins at meals, using the toilet, and putting on jacket and hat.

Arts

  • To offer many kinds of musical experiences, including singing, moving to music, and rhythm instruments, both in music class and throughout their school day.
  • To offer children many kinds of art experiences such as painting with brushes, finger painting, and drawing materials.

Sample Schedule

7:15 Welcome to the Classroom and Learning Centers

8:15 Breakfast

8:30 Play on the Toddler Playground

9:15 Music Class (in classroom)

9:30 Story and Circle Time

9:45 Class Activities and Learning Centers

10:45 Toddler Gym Activities

11:00 Learning Centers

11:45 Lunch

12:15 Prepare for naps

12:30 Naptime

1:30 Quiet Activities or Toddler Gym

2:30 Learning Centers

3:15 Afternoon Snack

3:30 End of School Day/Beginning of Extended Day

4:15 Story and Afternoon Circle

4:30 Learning Centers

5:30 End of Extended Day


3 Year Olds

The Preschool Program consists of one classroom of young 3-year-olds (turning 3 between August-March) and two classrooms of 3-year-olds, each with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Art, music and movement, and Spanish teachers work with children throughout the week.

The daily routine includes child-initiated activities in learning centers, the Karen Beaton Art and Play Studio, and in outdoor areas. Each 3-year-old classroom includes learning centers focusing on art, music, library, writing, dramatic play, blocks, math and manipulative toys, and science. In the Art and Play Studio, the preschool art teacher sets the stage for art projects, free art, and dramatic play experiences in addition to familiar learning centers. Outdoor areas include the outdoor classroom, “bridge playground” and the “climber” playground. Each one of the outdoor areas offers the children a variety of rich and interesting experiences in nature.

Teacher-directed activities include classroom instructional times, circle time activities, and enrichment activities. Classroom instructional time includes literacy and letter learning activities, math games and activities, science experiences, culinary experiences, art projects, and special projects such as classroom visitors and nature walks. Circle time activities involve literacy and language arts activities with the whole group of children. Teachers read to the children, tell stories, use puppets, go over the alphabet chart, and sing with the children during circle time. They also use that time with the whole group to build the classroom community and a feeling of togetherness. Children are encouraged to ask questions and participate in group discussions. Finally, enrichment teachers bring teacher-directed activities to the children in Spanish class twice a week, music class daily, and movement class three times per week the preschool gym.


Curriculum Goals

Social/Emotional Development

  • To develop the ability engage with and develop close relationships with adults in the classroom.
  • To develop the ability to respond to and engage with other children.
  • To develop a relationship with peers through interactions over time.
  • To develop the ability to express feelings through words.
  • To begin to develop the ability to manage emotional responses with assistance from others and independently.

Language and Literacy

  • To develop the ability to communicate using words and simple sentences.
  • To begin to develop the ability to have back and forth conversation.
  • To develop an interest in engaging with books and pictures in the classroom environment.
  • To develop the enjoyment of listening to stories being read aloud
  • To develop listening and comprehension skills.

Mathematics

  • To develop a beginning understanding of number and quantity.
  • To develop the ability to sort, group, and categorize.
  • To expose children to the concepts of more and less, shapes, patterns, and size.

Science and Nature

  • To expose children to many natural objects and materials while they are outdoors.
  • To use everyday events as a basis for learning about nature and science, for example discussing weather, examining leaves, or pointing out clouds in the sky.
  • To offer children natural objects for examination while they are indoors, for example, watering living plants in the classroom, watching fish in a fishtank.

Motor Skills

  • To offer many kinds of toys and materials for fine motor development, such as puzzles, art materials, interlocking blocks.
  • To develop gross motor skills such as walking, running, use of wheel toys, playing with balls.
  • To develop self-help skills such as assisting with cleaning up, passing out napkins at meals, using the toilet, and putting on jacket and hat.

Arts

  • To offer many kinds of musical experiences, including singing, moving to music, and rhythm instruments, both in music class and throughout their school day.
  • To offer children many kinds of art experiences such as painting with brushes, finger painting, and drawing materials.

Sample Schedule

7:15 Morning Studio Time

7:30 Morning Classroom Centers

8:15 Breakfast

8:45 Outdoor Time - Bridge Playground

9:30 Morning Circle and Class Time

10:30 Spanish on Tues. and Wed. (otherwise, centers will begin at 10:30 a.m.)

10:45 Classroom Centers

11:30 Music

11:45 Lunch

12:15 Naptime/ Rest Time

1:30 Non-Napper Activities

2:00 Classroom Centers/ Wake-up for Nappers

2:15 Afternoon Circle Time

2:30 Snack

2:45 End of School Day/ Beginning of Extended Day

Studio or Outdoor Classroom Time

3:30 Movement in the Preschool Gym

3:45 Afternoon Outdoor Time - Climber Playground

4:30 Afternoon Classroom Centers

5:30 End of Extended Day


Prekindergarten

The Prekindergarten Program consists of four classrooms of 4 year-olds, each with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Art, Music, and P.E. enrichment teachers work with children every day and the Spanish teacher works with the groups twice weekly. Our Prekindergarten curriculum is designed to help prepare children for Kindergarten in the areas of expressiveness and language comprehension, cognition, phonological awareness and print knowledge, mathematics, social/emotional growth and physical development with an emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education.

The daily routine includes child-initiated activities in learning centers, “the studio”, and indoor and outdoor areas. The Prekindergarten classroom learning centers include an art center, music center, library center, writing center, dramatic play center, block center, math and manipulative toys center, and a science center. In the studio, the children have the same centers but with different materials to engage them and enrich their experiences. The Preschool Art Teacher sets the stage in the studio for art projects, free art, and dramatic play experiences. Outdoor areas include the “bridge playground”, the “playhouse” playground, and the outdoor classroom. Each one of the outdoor areas offers the children different and interesting experiences.

Teacher-directed activities include classroom instructional times, circle time activities, and enrichment activities. Classroom instructional time focuses on phonological awareness, math games and activities, science experiences, culinary experiences, art projects, and special projects such as classroom visitors and nature walks. Circle time activities involve literacy and language arts activities with the whole group of children. Teachers read to the children, tell stories, use puppets, go over the alphabet chart, and sing with the children during circle time. They also use that time with the whole group to build the classroom community and a feeling of togetherness. Children are encouraged to ask questions and participate in group discussions. Each year Prekindergarten classes go on field trips to destinations such as the pumpkin patch, Walton Arts Center, farmer’s market, and more!