Our Rising Preschool program is designed to support the budding preschooler's need for increased independence (must be 2.5 by October 1st of the school year) while facilitating transition into a structured learning environment.
Classroom space and learning materials are organized into specific designated play and learning areas according to specific content areas. Carefully guided activities will provide opportunities for Rising Preschoolers to exert their independence by making simple choices and actively engaging in hands-on learning experiences. Rising Preschoolers will also develop communication and social skills by participating in teacher guided group activities and pretend play in small learning groups. Guided learning and play activities will require understanding of complex spoken language and listening skills. Group activities will prompt Rising Preschoolers to use simple sentences and participate in conversations. At this stage, language acquisition will include the understanding of the purpose of printed materials. Rising Preschoolers will engage in activities guiding them to produce written pictures and letters with the purpose of communication.
Teachers act as facilitators in guided play and social activities. Rising Preschoolers at this stage will participate in coordinated play with other children and will use hand eye coordination while completing increasingly complex tasks both indoors and outdoors. Play activities will focus on helping rising preschoolers balance while using both arms and legs in active play. These activities will lead students to evaluate play materials, group objects in categories and plan ways to use these objects to perform multi-step tasks. Rising Preschoolers will be led to investigate causes in the event of unexpected outcomes and carry out simple plans for solving problems. Brunswick Rising Preschoolers will experience an art infused curriculum where each lesson plan will specifically include an artistically engaged staple to further promote retention of absorbed, academic information.

Yoga, Music and Movement, Language

Curriculum Objectives

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  • Social/Emotional Development

    1. Play with 1-2 peers without adult influence
    2. Play alone when peers are not present
    3. Make a choice between up to two things
    4. Begins to take notice of other's feelings
    5. Ability to acclimate self to new scenarios
    6. Use "me" and "you" appropriately
    7. Invent fantasy games
    8. Show affection towards others
    9. Try to make others laugh
    10. Show interest in potty training
    11. Begins to form trust-bond with teachers/peers
    12. Begins to form understanding of self
  • Physical Development

    1. Walks up and down stairs alternating feet
    2. Throws a ball
    3. Climbs on playground equipment with ease
    4. Runs several yards without stumbling
    5. Assembles simple puzzles
    6. Manipulates clay/finger paint
    7. Can stack up to 10 blocks high
    8. Properly hold writing device using tips of fingers, not fist
    9. Sit with legs crossed in seated position for up to 3 minutes
    10. Jumps with both feet
    11. Can feed self
    12. Can trace letters A-K
  • Cognitive Development

    1. Begins to understand cause and effect
    2. Understands letters A-K i
    3. Can write first name
    4. Identify numbers 1-10
    5. Can identify basic 2-3 object/color pattern
    6. Can identify basic colors (blue, red, green, yellow)
    7. Can sort objects based on shape/color
    8. Can match up to two objects
    9. Controls at least 3 minutes of attention span
    10. Classifies simple objects 
  • Language Development

    1. 75 % of language/speech is understood
    2. Utters 3-5 word, complete sentences
    3. Understands past, present and future word reference
    4. Understands direct, simple commands
    5. Forms basic understanding of letter recognition, A-K sounds

Sample Schedule

*All outdoor 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 Rising Preschoolers-Kindergarteners (mocking an elementary schedule). Rest time for Pre-K and Kindergarten students will encompass free "quiet" time-I.E. reading, playing with Playdoh, drawing, writing in a journal, etc. Each of our OT periods are 35-40 minutes. Nap time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Enrichment periods are added throughout the academic journey from Rising Preschool to Elementary. Example enrichment periods are Yoga, Theatre Arts, Dance, Chess and Language.

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  • A Typical Day as a Rising Preschooler

    • 7:30 - 8:00 AM: Extended Day
    • 8:01 - 9:00 AM: Regular Drop Off
    • 8:30 - 9:05 AM: Breakfast
    • 9:10-9:45 AM: Literacy
    • 9:50-10:25 AM: Arts and Crafts 
    • 10:30-11:25AM: Outdoor Play
    • 11:30 -12:00 PM: Lunch Time
    • 12:05-1:50 PM: Nap Time
    • 1:55-2:05 PM: Mat Clean-Up/After Nap Stretch
    • 2:10-2:40 PM: Outdoor Play
    • 2:45-3:15 PM: Mathematics
    • 3:30-4:30 PM: Dismissal
    • 4:31 - 6:30 PM: Extended Day

The Brunswick School

Brunswick Street Campus 
371 7th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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474 Warren Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302