Q: Are there Immersion classrooms in Pre-K/Pre-S?
A: There are two Immersion classes, one in Pre-School and the other in Pre-Kindergarten. In these classes instruction is delivered in Spanish only.
Q: Is there after-care for PS/PK?
A: Yes, there is an after care program that operates from 3:15pm – 6:00pm.
Q: What is the eating schedule like during the school day? Do children eat in the classrooms?
A: Students in Pre-School eat breakfast and lunch in the classroom. These meals are considered family style meals because the teachers divvy a proper proportion of food out for each child. Pre-Kindergarten students eat breakfast in the classroom and lunch in the cafeteria.
Q: What is the day like for Pre-K & Pre-S?
A: 8:30-9:00 – Breakfast in the classroom
9:00-9:20 – Morning Meeting (alternating 1 week in Spanish, then 1 Week in English)
9:30- 10:15 – Special
10:15- 10:25- Bathroom Break
10:25 – 10:50 – Recess
10:50-11:00 – Transition (Set up for Lunch)
11:30-12:30 – Large Group (Circle Time) Literacy Block/ Read Aloud- Brushing teeth
(Alternates – 1 day Spanish read aloud, the next day English read aloud)
12:30-1:50 – Rest Time
1:50 -2:05 – Transition Time (Music and Movement)
2:05- 2:30- Small Groups (Alternates everyday- Group A and Group B by language
2:30- 3:00 – Centers/Choice Time and Afternoon Meeting
Q: What types of assessments/evaluations are done in the PS/PK grade levels?
A: The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is highly reliable and valid assessment that is administered early in the school year to identify the strengths and trouble spots, developmental milestones, and incorporates parents’ expert knowledge about their child. We also use the GOLD assessment to assess student progress the 38 research-based objectives that are most predictive of
school success. Objectives have been organized into nine areas of development and learning (social emotional, cognitive, physical, language, literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts).
Q: What curriculum is used in the Early Childhood program?
A: We implemented the Tools of the Mind curriculum in 2011-2012. Tools of the Mind is an early childhood education curriculum that focuses on both cognitive skills and academic skills. The curriculum seeks to develop cognitive skills such as self-regulation, deliberate memory, and focused attention while developing academic skills such as symbolic thought, literacy, and mathematical understanding. The curriculum views play as the leading skill-development activity for young children and emphasizes the teacher’s role in supporting the development of mature, intentional dramatic play. Tools of the Mind is a research-based early childhood program that builds strong foundations for school success in preschool and kindergarten children by promoting their intentional and self-regulated learning. Current research shows that self-regulation --often
called executive function –has a stronger association with academic achievement than IQ or entry-level reading or math skills.
Click here for an NPR story on Tools of the Mind.
Attached below are a sample daily schedule and a one-pager that describes ways to get your child ready for a Tools classroom.