In kindergarten, our goal is to actively engage students in their own learning process. We emphasize hands-on experiences that take into account individual interests and learning styles, and keep class sizes small so that teachers can cater to the needs of each child. We place great value on self-discovery, incorporating open-ended activities that foster skill acquisition and creative expression.

Kindergartners are encouraged to become contributing members of their community. Children learn to listen and show respect for others, demonstrate compassion and empathy, and cooperate with peers. Teachers are guides and role models within a safe, loving and inspiring environment.

Cognitive Development

Language Arts  
  • Expressing oneself clearly and fluently
  • Contributing ideas during group conversations
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Comprehending text read aloud
  • Recognizing upper and lower case letters
  • Developing phonemic (letter sound) awareness
  • Engaging in various reading strategies
  • Gathering information in a variety of ways such as interviews and observations
  • Participating in project work
  • Expressing ideas through pictures
  • Forming letters correctly
  • Writing with phonetic/inventive spelling
Mathematical Thinking
  • Recognizing and reading single and double digit numbers
  • Demonstration of one to one correspondence
  • Comparing and organizing items according to perceptible attributes
  • Understanding and applying mathematical symbols and concepts
  • Solving visual spatial puzzles
  • Recognizing and extending numerical patterns
STEAM Discovery Lab Program
  • Introducing the scientific method: questioning, hypothesizing, predicting, developing awareness, observing, challenging former beliefs and documenting observations and data
  • Developing familiarity with a variety of methods to devise strategies for tackling proposed queries and tasks
  • Using previous knowledge and experience in approaching new problems
  • Learning to work independently and collaboratively
  • Drawing inferences based on findings
  • Exploring simple machines, including ramps, screws, pulleys, wheels, axles, levers and wedges
  • Exploring chemical reactions, solids, liquids and gases
Social Studies
  • Celebrating individuality and forming a classroom community that respects each individual
  • Exploring diversity with age appropriate discussions about social justice and civil rights
  • Fostering a sense of community responsibility and desire to help others in need
  • Engaging in study of self through self-portraits, focus on the senses and on skin color through color mixing of paint to match individual skin color
  • Participating in interdisciplinary project work


  • Exposure to Spanish vocabulary and phrases through movement, games, stories, and art projects
  • Exploration of culture through stories, activities and food preparation
  • Exploring different art mediums, artistic approaches, pattern, symmetry, color, color mixing  and self-expression
  • Developing drawing and handwriting skills
  • Incorporating observations into drawings
  • Being willing to experiment and problem solve
  • Appreciating the work of others
  • Singing, dancing, creative/imaginative play
  • In theater/movement, playing roles, developing imagination and creativity and participating in ensemble work

Physical Development

  • Developing fine motor control
  • Exercising control over classroom tools and materials such as pencils and scissors
  • Controlling and using small toys and manipulatives
  • Learning the appropriate pencil grip
  • Managing self with buttons, laces and zippers
  • Demonstrating gross motor proficiency in running, jumping and stair climbing
  • Showing an awareness of own body in space
  • Maintaining an appropriate energy level throughout the school day

Personal and Social Development

  • Showing curiosity as a learner
  • Demonstrating creativity and inventiveness
  • Persisting with challenges
  • Demonstrating enthusiasm for school and learning
  • Exhibiting focus during teacher directed activities
  • Exhibiting focus during self-directed activities
  • Showing the ability to take risks
  • Interacting cooperatively with peers and adults
  • Exhibiting self-confidence
  • Exploring various classroom roles and responsibilities
  • Managing emotions and behaviors
  • Appreciating multiple points of view
  • Showing empathy and caring for others
  • Managing emotions and behaviors
  • Recognizing role as a member of the classroom community

Routines/Weekly Schedule

  • Refining listening and speaking skills
  • Reading and discussing the daily schedule
  • Identifying the day and date on a monthly calendar
  • Practicing turn-taking
  • Increasing attention span
  • Making contributions to group discussions
  • Introducing academic concepts and teacher directed activities
Work Time
  • Practicing new concepts, skills and using new materials
  • Participating in follow up activities related to all academic concepts
  • Working independently or in a small group with a teacher
  • Lengthening attention span
  • Practicing reading, writing and mathematical concepts
  • Seeing a task or activity through to completion
Choice Time
  • Exploring the learning centers (e.g. blocks, writing center, math center, science table)
  • Encouraging conversations and the sharing of ideas
  • Practicing cooperative play
  • Developing individual interests, strengths and passions
  • Discovering new areas of interest
  • Strengthening friendships and developing new relationships
Outdoor Play
  • Practicing social skills
  • Interacting with students in other classes
  • Learning to share and take turns using outdoor equipment
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • Taking appropriate risks
  • Participating in group games
  • Singing, dancing and movement games
  • Developing coordination, rhythm and different ways of moving
  • Playing and handcrafting instruments
  • Learning Spanish songs and culture
  • Participating in an ensemble performance
Physical Education
  • Developing spatial awareness
  • Encouraging cooperation and good listening skills
  • Practicing responsible social behavior in a physically active setting
  • Practicing ball handling skills
  • Developing cardiovascular and muscular fitness through use of fundamental motor skills
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Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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