EARLY CHILDHOOD

This is where it all starts. A child entering Nursery school, a Pre-K program, or Kindergarten is taking his or her first steps along an educational path that will continue through high school and beyond. At Garden School, we take those steps seriously while our youngest learners laugh with joy and express wonder through play, hands-on experience, and the building blocks of more formalized learning.

Program Features

Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classrooms are led by experienced head teachers who are knowledgeable in the field of Early Childhood Education. Additional teachers and assistant teachers provide small group and individual instruction.

  • Half or full-day nursery program for 2 and 3 year olds
  • Full-day pre-kindergarten for 3 and 4 year olds
  • Full-day kindergarten for 5 year olds
  • Licensed by NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene-Bureau of Day Care
  • Highly enriched after-school program available until 6 P.M.
  • Classes have one core teacher and one assistant teacher
  • Phonetic Reading Program with children’s literature integrated throughout the curriculum
  • Mathematics manipulatives program and hands-on science activities
  • Social studies lessons including map skills and cultural appreciation
  • Language Institute – Beginning Mandarin twice per week taught by a specialist teacher
  • Daily physical education in gymnasium taught by specialized teachers and classroom teacher
  • Music and movement classes four times a week taught by specialist teacher
  • Art activities integrated throughout program
  • Socialization activities with classroom centers
  • Outdoor play space and organic planting garden
  • SmartBoard technology to illustrate lessons
  • Neighborhood and local field trips supporting classroom instruction
  • Full-time Registered Nurse
  • Breakfast, snacks and hot lunch available
  • Garden School buses offering door-to-door transportation

Our teachers are there at every turn, conveying the building blocks of education but also providing encouragement, confidence-building moments, and reading- and math-readiness. Woven in throughout the day are invaluable lessons on sharing, cooperation, friendship, and reflecting on how our own behavior affects those around us.

Early Learning Building Blocks

Reading-Readiness

This is achieved through multi-sensory experiences and reinforcement of letters and sound, as well as the expression of ideas and feelings through imaginative play, making choices, and group projects. Writing and reading words, sentences, and stories are emphasized with each successive year and regular encounters with literature provide a familiar interactive framework and new vocabulary.

Math-Readiness

Exposure to numbers and counting, sorting, patterns, comparisons, estimation, sequence, and logic is designed to stimulate early analytical thinking. Basic addition and subtraction begin in kindergarten, as does introduction to computers.

Fine-Motor Skills

Manipulatives, coloring, cutting, and tracing as well as basic cooking, assembling of projects, and an emphasis on writing all combine to prepare your child for lower-division learning.

Social Studies

Children continue to discover the world outside of them by learning about maps, holidays, traditions, our shared and different cultures, current events, school and community, neighbors and friends, family, and self—all enriched by singing and movement, cooking, dramatic play, and art projects.

Science

Provides a fun and hands-on introduction to the human body, our senses, plants and animals, seasons and elements, colors, mixtures, temperature, magnets, spectrums, and magnification.

Music

Young learners are introduced to the basic elements of expression, rhythm, form, melody, and timbre; songs that reflect a variety of styles, cultures, and historic periods; performance on classroom instruments; good early vocal habits; and individual, class, and division performances.

Art

Self-expression and fine-motor skills come together through use of color, drawing, painting, and murals. Children are further motivated by learning about famous artists and their styles.

Chinese

Children learn conversational Mandarin for greeting, counting, and singing songs. They are introduced to Chinese culture and traditions and play games and eat special foods
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