Nursery (2-year-olds)

Our Approach
The New York Academy Nursery and Preschool programs offer our young learners a rich and comprehensive curriculum and engaging learning experience. The curriculum will focus on developing their readiness knowledge and skills sets for the elementary school as well as their social and emotional growth.  The children will gain the basics in English Language Arts, Math, Art, and Physical and Health Education.

The way in which we engage students in learning is as important as what we teach. Our pedagogy emphasizes inquiry- and project-based instruction and learning. Through project-based learning, children actively investigate their interests, discover new ideas and develop their own understanding. In keeping with our mission and values, teachers encourage and support each child’s unique style of learning, interests and talents

Social-Emotional
New York Academy places an emphasis on social and emotional growth.  In Nursery and Preschool, children learn to manage emotions and regulate their behavior. They learn to control impulses, tolerate frustration, follow behavior guidelines, cope with strong emotions and delay gratification. In our nurturing and supportive environment, teachers gently guide children and help them develop positive social skills. They learn to share, wait for their turn, express empathy, show kindness and respect others.

Prekindergarten students learn to establish and sustain positive relations with peers and adults. They learn to engage in increasingly complex social interaction, read and interpret emotional cues and respond appropriately. Students also learn to participate cooperatively and constructively in group situations.

English Language Arts
New York Academy understands the importance of building a foundation for literacy at a very early age.  Students learn to understand and use language to communicate their thoughts, ideas, needs and feelings. They develop listening skills and understand increasingly complex language. Students expand their vocabularies as they learn to name and describe characteristics of familiar people, objects and animals. They learn to respond appropriately to statements and questions, and form sentences properly in spoken language. Our teachers also help students speak clearly and pronounce words correctly.

Students are read a variety of rich children’s picture books and learn to retell stories. From our wide selection of excellent children’s literature, students can explore and develop varied interests and learn to enjoy reading.

Learning to tell simple stories about objects, events and imaginary characters is an important part of the curriculum. As children develop this skill, they include a logical order of events and major details in their stories.

Learning to engage in back-and-forth exchanges is one of the essential skills young children learn to develop. Students learn the social rules of communicating, such as being polite, speaking clearly and taking turns.

Students learn letter sounds and the names of the letters. If they are developmentally ready, they learn to write letters too.

Mathematics
New York Academy knows how important experiencing mathematics is for brain development.  During the Nursery and Preschool years, students develop the foundations of basic mathematical knowledge and skills. They learn number concepts, spatial relationships and shapes. We help our young learners develop an understanding of comparisons, measuring and patterns.

They learn to count and identify beginning numbers and connect them with their quantities. They learn directions related to proximity, and use and respond to positional words indicating location, direction and distance. Students learn basic shapes, such as circle and square and triangle. They learn to describe basic two- and three-dimensional shapes.

Students learn to compare and order small sets of objects according to size, length, weight, area and volume. They also learn about measuring by using multiples of the same unit to compare differences. Initially, students learn to copy simple patterns. Then they learn to recognize and describe them. As they progress in their mathematical understanding, teachers guide them to use simple strategies to solve mathematical problems.

Science
New York Academy guides students to learn about the idea of science during these early years. Students learn about the characteristics of animals and plants, and the basic physical properties of objects and materials. They also teach them the basics about our environment and how to care for it. Our students learn to notice, think and realize.

Social Studies
New York Academy guides students to learn about the idea of Social Studies during these early years. Students learn about themselves in terms of age, gender and physical traits. They also learn about other people, their characteristics and how they live. They learn about different types of families, and the different roles people play in families, school and the larger community in which they live.

Visual and Performing Arts
New York Academy encourages our young students to express themselves creatively through visual art, dramatic play, dance and movement. Students participate in performances and plays. Visual arts activities include painting, drawing, making collages, modeling, sculpting, building and weaving. Visual arts activities improve children’s self-esteem and original thinking skills. Movement and dance facilitates expression of emotions and develops physical awareness and capabilities. Students develop language and literacy skills, self-awareness, emotional understanding, and problem-solving skills through participation in dramatic play and performances.

Music
New York Academy guides our young students to learn to appreciate different kinds of music and enjoy different forms of musical expressions. Students listen to music, and learn to sing a variety of songs and move to music. The children learn to use musical instruments, such as the shaker, tambourine, rhythm stick and drum.

Modern Languages – French and Spanish
New York Academy employs an experiential to language. Students develop an appreciation for modern languages through activities that grow their phonological awareness, speaking, and writing.  learn basic sounds and words be. Students learn correct pronunciation and intonation.

Physical and Health Education
New York Academy employs a knowledge-based and fundamental skill-set approach physical and health education.  We guide our young students to develop gross-motor and fine-motor skills. They learn balance, coordination and traveling skills, such as running, hopping, climbing and jumping. We also provide ample time for children to play freely in our Imagination Playground. During outdoor playtime, they get physical exercise and develop their imaginary and social skills as they play together. The children are introduced toconcepts and practices of healthy eating and living.