PS 84 offers the Pre-K for All program from the NYC Department of Education. Our school currently has 3 Pre-K classes of 18 children with 2 teachers per class.
Play is children’s work, and therefore embedded into our curriculum. Following the Pre-K Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC), our themes are designed to incorporate Math, Science and Social Studies into the every day activities through play.
Social studies activities encourage children to work towards knowing themselves and their world. Through Social Studies children learn about the cultural experiences of their community.
Math activities include hands-on and real life experiences. They also help children develop awareness of numbers, geometry, patterns, measurements and graphs.
Science activities offer students many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation.
Get detailed information about the Pre-K Units of Study from the DOE.
Flow of the Day
Upon arrival, children are encouraged to
Find their own cubby and hang their own clothing
Take a book to look at with friends, eat breakfast and/or work with table toys
Have meaningful conversations with peers
The group will then join the meeting area and participate in the welcome and attendance routine as well as an introduction of the activities of the day by the teacher.
Small/whole group activities
These are designed to stimulate thinking, enrich their social skills, enhance literacy development and expand their attention skills. They often include one or more of the following:
Learning activity (from one of the content areas)
Storybook and/or Poetry
Music and Movement
During this time children get to choose an activity they want to participate in (these may vary during the year)
Library • Legos • Block Play • Table Toys • Writing/Art table • Painting • Dramatic Play • Sand/water table • Listening Center • Computers • Discovery
Weather permitting, children go outside every day for 40-50 minutes. Pre-K classrooms have direct access to a private courtyard and playground that they share with Kindergarten students, and where they spend their recess. Two-three times per week our support teacher will lead outdoor activities and play using toys and props.
Read Aloud Stories
Teachers read books that tie into the themes of study and spark predictions and discussions among the children.
Breakfast and lunch are provided for all students. Parents are welcome to send lunch and/or a healthy snack for their child.
After lunch, children are encouraged to rest, either by napping or engaging in a quiet activity.
Afternoon meeting time
At the end of the day and before saying goodbye, the group may
Review the activities of the day
Share discoveries or stories from home
Share tomorrow’s events
Have music and/or a movement activity
Have story time
Engage in a rhyming song or game
What is the school schedule?
Drop off is at 8:20 am, and pick up at 2:40 pm through the Pre-K courtyard.
Do pre-k children interact with older grades?
For our youngest students, all instruction, meals and rest happens in the classroom, which has a bathroom and a sink.
Our specialized teachers will come to the classroom for weekly music class and other instruction.
The children go out during recess to their own courtyard which is only for grades Pre-K and K.
Are parents allowed in the classroom?
On the first day of school, Pre-K parents are welcome to come in to get to know the classroom and teachers, and to get important information from them. Because it is a short day some parents stay until the end.
Parents are an integral part of the PS 84 family and are invited to the classroom every month for Wonderful Wednesday, a morning period in which they get to see and interact with the children.
In addition, parents are welcome to come celebrate their child’s birthday, or to do a reading or activity with the class that has been agreed on with the teacher.