In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn. As we create a bridge from home to school, we guide the children through the continual development of positive self-image while building collaborative social relationships. We promote the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the children by giving them the opportunity to make sense of the world around them by doing, interacting, exploring and experiencing.
Based on the knowledge that children learn best through play, we create classroom environments that support this belief and allow children to interact with peers and learning materials in the many manifestations of play. Recognizing that children grow in predictable stages, we treat each child as an individual. All children have their own learning styles and interests, and we believe that when we meet each child where they are at developmentally and respect their interests, ideas and self-expression, then we help plant the seed for a life-time appreciation for the joy of learning.
Classroom routines are designed to balance structure and free choice, active and quiet times, and celebrate process rather than the product, which fosters a sense of accomplishment and pride. The learning journey is based on the interests of the children, and is facilitated by the thoughtful planning, observations and participation of the teachers.
As educators, we see ourselves as continual learners, and this is demonstrated by the active, ongoing professional development that our teaching staff engages in. We view ourselves as co-learners and co-researchers with the children as we explore together the world around us.
We value the active involvement of families in our program, both through cooperative and classroom participation. This involvement enables the children to see their parents as important and involved members of the school community.
Parents may gain valuable insights and techniques from the expertise of the staff and, at the same time, share their own insights, talents and interests so that we work together to create a warm, dynamic learning environment at Brooklyn Free Space. School then becomes a shared experience that we hope will continue throughout the educational process.
Child arrives at school, is greeted by teachers and friends, selects a play area, and moves from one area to another at his/her own pace.
9:00-10:00 Free Play (music, art, table toys)
10:00-10:30 Clean Up/ Circle Time
10:30-11:00 Snack Time
11:00-11:45 Outdoor Activities (indoor or outdoor play area)
11:45-12:00 Clean Up (prepare for lunch)
12:30-12:50 Story Time
12:50-1:45 Rest Time
1:45-2:00 Clean Up
2:30-3:00 Children Selected Activities