At the age of 4 (by October 1st of the school year), Brunswick preschoolers can enroll in our Pre-Kindergarten class. The key focus at this level is elementary school readiness, specifically in the areas of communication, literacy, number sense, fundamentals of reading and writing and last, a formed, tangible understanding of fiction versus nonfiction.
Classroom routines and schedules will provide opportunities for preschoolers to investigate their own interests while adhering to the structure of a classroom routine. Small and large group activities will enforce emergent reading and writing skills such as making predictions after listening to fiction, creating illustrations in response to literature or using existing illustrations to make inferences. Students will engage in activities emphasizing the value of print. They will understand the print-word connection and realize that print carries a message. Preschoolers at this stage will accomplish full mastery of the alphabet, begin to develop phonemic awareness and practice the fine motor skills necessary for successful writing. Children learn best when actively involved in constructing their own knowledge. A portion of time will also be dedicated to playful exploration. Authentic play experiences help preschoolers of this age build problem solving skills as well as foster the level of social and emotional growth necessary for success in Kindergarten. The Pre-Kindergarten Program is executed via incorporating visual and performance arts. Lesson plans will use various art mediums such as music, visual arts, and dramatic play to achieve curriculum goals. Like their toddler and preschool education, creativity will largely be incorporated into each lesson plan at an even higher level in Pre-Kindergarten now including speech, live performances, independent artistic expression and free-dance.

Curriculum Objectives

List of 4 items.

  • Social/Emotional Development

    1. Distinguishes right from wrong
    2. Mimics adults/seeks praise
    3. More inclined to play with peers versus alone
    4. Begins to acclimate to some "social norms"
    5. Seeks help when faced with problem
  • Physical Development

    1. Runs/changes directions with ease
    2. Demonstrates large jumps/bounds
    3. Jumps rope/plays coordinated hop scotch
    4. Cuts and pastes simple shapes
    5. Can lace shoes--begin to tie
    6. Skips smoothly for twenty feet
    7. Can catch/throw/bounce balls 
  • Cognitive Development

    1. Expresses curiosity as a learner
    2. Can retell key information from lesson/story
    3. Sequences up to 3 pictures to tell logical story
    4. Can identify numbers 1-30
    5. Can understand and recite basic sight words
    6. Understands letters A-Z inside and outside of sequence
    7. Can identify numbers 1-30 inside and outside of sequence
    8. Can distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters
    9. Can begin to name a word for each letter, A-Z
    10. Sorts by categories based on 1 common attribute
    11. Demonstrates concepts of positional/directional concepts
    12. Understanding of coin recognition and value
    13. Identifies minimum of 10 colors
    14. Can write both first and last name clearly
  • Language Development

    1. Speaks fluently
    2. Correctly uses plurals, pronouns and tenses
    3. Understands basic homophones and opposites
    4. Able to conduct 5 minute comprehensive conversations
    5. Relates experiences with some understanding of sequences of events

Sample Schedule

*All outdoor play periods will be replaced with indoor play (classrooms or other designated area) in case of bad weather. Periods gradually move from 30 minute periods to 45 minute periods as students progress from toddlers-kindergarteners (mocking an elementary schedule). Rest time for Pre-K students will encompass free "quiet" time-I.E. reading, playing with Playdoh, drawing, writing in a journal, etc. Each of our OT periods are 40-45 minutes. Rest time is 45 minutes. Half Day Pick Up is after Lunch from 12:00-12:15PM.

Spanish three times/week. Yoga two times/week. Music Program + Zumba once/week.

List of 5 items.

  • Monday

    • 7:30-8:30 AM: Drop-Off/Breakfast
    • 8:35-9:00 AM: Morning Routine/Bathroom
    • 9:05-9:45 AM: Literacy
    • 9:50-10:10 AM: Morning Snack
    • 10:30-11:10 AM: Learning Center Rotation
    • 11:15-11:45 AM: Outdoor Play
    • 11:40-12:00 PM: Lunch Time
    • 12:00-12:15 PM: Half-Day Pick-Up
    • 12:15-1:00 PM: Rest Time
    • 1:05-1:45 PM: Outdoor Play
    • 1:50-2:30 PM: Mathematics
    • 2:35-3:15 PM: Arts and Crafts
    • 3:20-4:00 PM: Afternoon Snack/Open Play
  • Tuesday

    • 7:30-8:30 AM: Drop-Off/Breakfast
    • 8:35-9:00 AM: Morning Routine/Bathroom
    • 9:05-9:45 AM: Science
    • 9:50-10:10 AM: Morning Snack
    • 10:30-11:10 AM: Literacy
    • 11:15-11:45 AM: Outdoor Play
    • 11:40-12:00 PM: Lunch Time
    • 12:00-12:15 PM: Half-Day Pick-Up
    • 12:15-1:00 PM: Rest Time
    • 1:05-1:45 PM: Outdoor Play
    • 1:50-2:30 PM: Mathematics
    • 2:35-3:15 PM: Music and Movement
    • 3:20-4:00 PM: Afternoon Snack/Open Play
  • Wednesday

    • 7:30-8:30 AM: Drop-Off/Breakfast
    • 8:35-9:00 AM: Morning Routine/Bathroom
    • 9:05-9:45 AM: Literacy
    • 9:50-10:10 AM: Morning Snack
    • 10:30-11:10 AM: Arts and Crafts
    • 11:15-11:45 AM: Outdoor Play
    • 11:40-12:00 PM: Lunch Time
    • 12:00-12:15 PM: Half-Day Pick-Up
    • 12:15-1:00 PM: Rest Time
    • 1:05-1:45 PM: Outdoor Play
    • 1:50-2:30 PM: Mathematics Large Group
    • 2:35-3:15 PM: Learning Center Rotation
    • 3:20-4:00 PM: Afternoon Snack/Open Play
  • Thursday

    • 7:30-8:30 AM: Drop-Off/Breakfast
    • 8:35-9:00 AM: Morning Routine/Bathroom
    • 9:05-9:45 AM: Mathematics
    • 9:50-10:10 AM: Morning Snack
    • 10:30-11:10 AM: Music and Movement
    • 11:15-11:45 AM: Outdoor Play
    • 11:40-12:00 PM: Lunch Time
    • 12:00-12:15 PM: Half-Day Pick-Up
    • 12:15-1:00 PM: Rest Time
    • 1:05-1:45 PM: Outdoor Play
    • 1:50-2:30 PM: Literacy
    • 2:35-3:15 PM: Arts and Crafts
    • 3:20-4:00 PM: Afternoon Snack/Open Play
  • Friday

    • 7:30-8:30 AM: Drop-Off/Breakfast
    • 8:35-9:00 AM: Morning Routine/Bathroom
    • 9:05-9:45 AM: Music and Movement
    • 9:50-10:10 AM: Morning Snack
    • 10:30-11:10 AM: Mathematics
    • 11:15-11:45 AM: Outdoor Play
    • 11:40-12:00 PM: Lunch Time
    • 12:00-12:15 PM: Half-Day Pick-Up
    • 12:15-1:00 PM: Rest Time
    • 1:05-1:45 PM: Outdoor Play
    • 1:50-2:30 PM: Literacy
    • 2:35-3:15 PM: Learning Center Rotation
    • 3:20-4:00 PM: Afternoon Snack/Open Play

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Brunswick Street Campus 
189 Brunswick St Jersey City, NJ 07302

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474 Warren Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302