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Pre-K Program

4 to 5 years

Dedicated to helping children navigate the transition to Kindergarten and beyond!

This bi-weekly pre-kindergarten program focuses on the skills children need for success in kindergarten: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Fine Arts. Through our Pre-K curriculum students will gain the confidence to work independently as well as collaboratively with their peers on more in-depth projects. 

Program Objectives

Preparing students for the next academic step

Communication & Confidence

One of our goals, in our Pre-K program is to foster the child’s ability to communicate what their needs are, not only with the teacher but ideally with their peers as well. Being able to develop an assertive voice in a safe space, may be crucial in their capacity to generalize this behavior to a larger and more challenging classroom setting. Feeling comfortable and confident makes asking for help less risky.

The children begin to identify themselves as learners who feel proud of their hard work. This is how intrinsic learning begins.

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Our Pre-K curriculum emphasizes reading readiness to reading; phonics, basic operations of elementary arithmetic and science. Children are assigned weekly homework, essentially to learn how to bring it back to school. We stress movement during each learning
period, allowing children to re-energize and reorganize between lessons, and regularly invite guest teachers, artists, authors, and grownup professionals, to share the outside world with our students.

Not only does this high-quality pre-kindergarten program prepare our children academically for later school success, they are able to find solutions to problems and take leadership roles in the classroom.

Cognitive & Alphabetic

Skills

Our graduates are prepared to enter their neighborhood public school or any of the nation's most illustrious private elementary schools, such as Brentwood, Carlthorp, Center for Early Education, Crossroads, Curtis, John Thomas Dye, Mirman, PS#1, Seven Arrows, Village, Westland, Willows, and Wildwood. We are proud that each year, our families get accepted into their first-choice schools.

Our children are ready to face the world as accomplished young people, and eager, self-confident students, unafraid of taking learning risks. We are proud of the accomplishments of our graduates as they enter prestigious colleges, embark on meaningful and professional careers and return to 10th Street with children of their own. 

Our Graduates

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A day in Pre-K

Arrival

When children first arrive at Big and Tiny, they store their belongings in their cubby, remove their shoes, say goodbye to their grown-ups for the day and greet their friends. Practicing this transition from home to school everyday helps your little one discover the excitement of healthy independence.

 

Meetings

Children gather as a whole group and review the calendar and plans for the day. This includes the job list with the responsibilities for the day. During meetings children share ideas, practice listening and taking turns. Community time often incorporates movement, songs and social-emotional practice games to help understanding the emotions of others.

Work Time  

Inspired by Reggio Emilia learning practices, students collaborate in small groups and independently on projects that are inspired by their interests. They are encouraged to explore the classroom materials, ask questions, solve problems and notice sensory details like sounds, shapes and textures. It is a time for self-discovery where they begin to learn more about what intrigues them, develop new skills, and accomplish goals. During work time, children are given the opportunity to engage in language, sensorial, math, practical life skills art, and science projects.

Studio Classes and Art Lab

During studio classes, children engage in multiple specialty classes and enriching experiences to will help develop new skills. These include art, music & movement, science, yoga and library. 

Art is one of the many ways children express themselves and communicate their feelings. Every day children engage and experiment with different art forms and materials. We provide open-ended art activities that help children explore and use their creativity.

 

Music and movement classes are offered weekly for children to develop forging connections between their brain and their mind, body, and emotions and allows them to learn sounds and meaning of words.

 

Life Skills 

Many practical life activities are incorporated throughout the day to allow the children to understand the world around them. They learn a routine and procedure that is consistent and can be followed at home, too.

Early Literacy

Through Interactive story time, students are exposed to rich language and literacy experiences every day. These books are selected according to the topics that the children are working on. Children will become familiar with books and rhymes, repeating words and phrases from different stories, helping them grow their vocabulary and  sentences.   Curiosity is developed in the classroom through both teacher-planned and child-led activities. The children begin to incorporate letters, words, symbols and numbers into their own work. Children visit the local library regularly where they listen to new adventures, choose their own books and develop the love for literacy.

 

Mathematics

Math provocations are intentionally designed by the teachers during work time. They are usually based on student's interest and linked to the curriculum. These open ended activities allow children to investigate, explore and practice mathematical concepts and thinking.

Gross Motor

Children develop large motor functions through group games, gym activities, outdoor play, dancing, and yoga.

Nature & Community walks

Children engage in outdoor activities on a daily basis. Community walks around the neighborhood and Rockefeller Park provide students an opportunity to connect with nature in a deeper level and learn more about their surroundings.

Lunch & Snack

Nap and Rest

Learning and playing can be exhausting! Big and Tiny knows how important sleeping is for a young child’s growth, and development.

Dismissal

Group gathering to reflect on their work and possibilities for the next day. Time to share connections, questions and ideas.To transition to go home at the close of the day, children work together to tidy up, change their shoes, gather their belongings and say goodbye. Children are encouraged to share their various projects from the day with their grown-ups.

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