Curriculum Theory

 

PlayTogether NYC’s curriculum is based on play experiences. Pediatric developmental science confirms that play is the cornerstone for successful development.  It is a universal language that is accessible to all children. Through play, children are introduced to critical life skills such as self-acceptance and acceptance of others, negotiation, contribution, and turn-taking. They learn to read the emotional cues of others and develop emotional control.  Expressive play fosters the tools all children have to express complex feelings. Not to mention the fact that it is simply fun! 


Personal Development Plan

Once a child is enrolled in our school, PlayTogether NYC, Director Nyla Kamlet creates a plan to attain educational, social and behavioural goals that support healthy functioning in all aspects of life. Nyla reviews each child’s plan and progress with parents on a regular basis. Each plan is unique to help them accomplish their individual goals.


2’s -3’s Program

9:00 am to 1:15 pm, or 2:30pm (two to five days per week)

Our 2’s and 3’s program focuses on toddlers' sense of self in the context of a group. Typical classes include circle time with singing, speaking, turn-taking, and pre-reading skills. Circle time progressively lengthens throughout the year and is followed by small art projects targeting visual skills and fine motor skills. The children then move into group play with blocks and building materials. The day finishes with story time and emotions review.


4’s UPK Program

8:30am to 2:50pm - Five Days Per Week

This program is part of the citywide public Pre-K program and is free for our students. This is a full day program which focuses on science, literacy, math and cognitive reasoning skills. The program includes game playing, small group learning, art projects and social playtime. It uses materials from the Hatch Stem series and Handwriting without Tears workbooks. Each student is also given individual time to play educational games on an iPad each week, including Starfall.


Language Development

Language is an integral part of PlayTogether NYC, and learning to listen and follow directions is crucial for young children. Circle time helps children extend their attention span through the use of singing and music. Rhyming songs are a fun way for children to learn sound recognition and build memory skills. Children are asked to speak in front of a group and practice leadership skills. The staff also teach specific vocabulary such as “being flexible,” and emphasize social phrases, for example, “Stop, I do not like that.


Art

Students participate in art projects every day to allow for creative exploration promoting sensory integration, fine motor skills and visual perceptual skills. These are all pre-reading skills that we target in a fun and exciting way. This is an integral part of our program. Children gain tremendous self-esteem through their production of art. 


Pretend and Creative Play

At PlayTogether NYC, pretend and creative play are core components of our curriculum. Guided scenarios give children a backdrop to exercise their creativity and spontaneous expression. “Make-believe” games promote the development of interactive and motor skills. Children love this aspect of the program, and often use our creative scenarios during their free time. This strengthens their social bonds and allows for more sophisticated learning. An example of this is playing “fire people.”  Students line up their chairs and take a toy hose. They "play out" dressing to fight a fire, loading the fire truck, and extinguishing the fire, all with props. We also regularly "play" hospital and restaurant, with the kids taking turns playing different roles.


Social Skills Development & Group Play

Group play provides a context for children to practice and experience social learning and communication. Learning to communicate fosters children's confidence in their own abilities. Staff joins the children as they play, in order to teach social skills in real life situations.


Music / Movement

Our music classes focus on music experience, appreciation and active enjoyment. In a fun and playful atmosphere children are introduced to musical language, theory, instrument playing and song. We play percussion instruments and glockenspiels, and we sing and dance. During the lessons children learn musical games, rhythmic movement, eurhythmics and pitch retention.  We play music from the moment our children walk through the door. Daily activities include singing and movement to music. 


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