At the Kings Bay Y, our classrooms are loving and caring spaces for children and families. Our children are encouraged to try new activities, meet new friends and satisfy their curiosity by learning about the world around them. We believe that our work is to support children to be the best that they can be. Home and school are a team and our doors are always open to families’ questions and ideas. Please remember that when it comes to your child, there is never a question that is too small to ask.
PRESCHOOL AGES 2-5:
- Full and half day programs
- Reggio Emilia approach
- Bank Street progressive approach
- Fully licensed staff
- Optional enrichment activities in Hebrew, Chinese or Russian
- Music and art specialists
- Jewish cultural activities
- State of the art facility
- Nutritious organic snack daily
When you walk into a Twos’ room, you will see children actively engaged in all the centers. The centers are: painting at the easel, sand/water table, dramatic play area, manipulative area, block area, library, project area and writing area. There is always a study going on and special projects will be geared to that study. The main work of a Two-Year-Old is to become comfortable with school routines, make friends, learn about sharing, become part of the classroom community and try new activities.
When you walk into a Threes’ Room, children will also be engaged in all areas of the room. Three-Year-Olds begin to be interested in writing and telling stories. There will be a lot of dictation and documenting children's ideas. Their math curriculum will consist of patterning, counting, sorting and number stories. Their studies will deal with the self, family and classroom community.
When you walk into a UPK/Fours’ Room, children will make use of the whole classroom. Four-Year-Olds will be supported in beginning to write their own ideas. They will learn the alphabet and the sounds of letters. They will begin to read very simple books. Their math curriculum will build upon the Threes’ curriculum with counting, sorting and patterning. They will begin to do small addition and subtraction and word problems. The curriculum for the Fours’ will focus on Community. They will study their classroom and friends, our school and our neighborhood. They will learn about the businesses, organizations and people that work together for the benefit of our community.
At the Kings Bay Y, we document the children's work every day. Each day, families get photos home of what their child did in school. We create binders for all the families that go home at the end of the year to document, in a detailed and visual way, their child's learning and growth.
At the Kings Bay Y, we believe in giving back to the world. Even at such a young age, children understand that others have less than they do. We collected money for Ubuntu, which is an organization that supports children who have been affected by disease and tragedy in South Africa. We have collected food for City Harvest to help those who are hungry closer to home and raised funds for Save A Child's Heart, an Israeli organization that provides lifesaving heart surgery free of charge to children in developing countries.
At the Kings Bay Y, we have an indoor gym where the children engage in cooperative games. They also play basketball, ride scooters, walk on balance beams, climb through tunnels, practice yoga and dancing and play hopscotch. It is very important that children at our school have physical activity every day. When the weather permits, we walk to the playground, where the children play on climbers, swings, blow bubbles, draw with chalk and play outdoor tag games.