THE YORK AVENUE DIFFERENCE
Art. A rich arts program allows children to explore, discover, invent, create and grow in this expressive area. Art experiences are available in all classrooms, every day.
In addition, the Threes and Fours work in our art studio each week. Texture, shape, color, line and form (the five elements of art) are used creatively and imaginatively in the art studio. Our children focus on the works of artists represented in the many museums throughout New York City. Children are introduced to media used by artists, they observe specific works of art and they apply this knowledge within their own expressive parameters. This experience culminates with a trip to the Met to see examples first-hand.
Music. Music instruction is provided to all classes. In music class the children sing, dance and respond to music. Responding to music allows children to develop memory, listening skills, motor skills and imagination.
Library. We have our own lending library which children visit each week. They choose books to share with their families and listen to a story read by our librarian or a "Guest Reader," a parent volunteer. Students in our Fours program visit the library twice a week. During their second visit, the children participate in a hands-on non-fiction lesson which ties into their classroom curriculum.
Spanish for Fours. "Hola"... "me llamo"... "uno, dos, tres..." can be heard as our children listen, learn, dance and sing in Spanish class. Our language program provides exposure to Spanish language and culture as children begin to develop a basic Spanish vocabulary.
Physical Education. All children attend an indoor Gym program; once a week as Twos and Threes and twice a week as Fours. Our children work on flexibility, agility, balance, fitness and core strength with trained coaches in our modern facility. Playground is included daily for each class, weather permitting. Additionally, all children experience a Yoga, Movement & Mindfulness class once per week with our movement specialist in their classrooms.
Living Science. An Animal expert visits each Twos and Threes classroom once a month. The animals brought into the classroom allow children to discover interesting facts about them, along with knowledge of their habitat.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Fours students visit the "STEAM Lab" once per month. Our STEAM program is designed to encourage young thinkers to explore, discover and understand the world around them. Through age-appropriate, hands on activities and projects, children aree challenged to think critically and apply what they learn and already know in creative and fun ways. STEAM Lab fosters each child’s innate curiosity while inspiring a passion for learning.
Cooking. All of our ages have cooking class at least once a month. Our chef-teachers guide the students through a hands-on, age-appropriate preparation of a delicious recipe. The children learn new skills, such as measuring, mixing, and slicing, while crafting their own treat to take home with them.