Each classroom at Maple Street creates a daily schedule that meets the rhythms and needs of its children.
Each day begins with Circle Time. This is a time when the children gather together to find out the schedule for the day. Children may choose to sing, dance, or share something with the larger group at this time. Younger children learn to listen, to take turns, and to follow directions.
Each day the classes have Choice Time, when the children choose an activity to participate in. This gives them a sense of ownership of their time and gives them an opportunity to develop new interests, friends and skills. During this time, we also work on curriculum-based projects and studies in small groups or one-on-one with teachers.
Each day also incorporates Story Times. We believe children develop early reading skills and a love for reading when they are exposed to stories and books. Our school library area is always open for children, and throughout the day you will see children reading with their teachers. Often, teachers will take smaller groups of children to the public library for specific research or simply to encourage the children’s interest in books.
Weather permitting; we have outdoor play every day. We go to the Imagination Playground with all children, and to Lincoln Road Playground with Children over 2.9 years old. Outside, the children work on gross motor skills, make new friends and learn to control their growing bodies. We also explore Prospect Park and look at trees, birds, bugs and the world around us, In the 3’s and 4’s classes, we take about one field trip a month with the students in order for them to explore their neighborhood and to enhance the curriculum at school. We are near and connected to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Prospect Park Wildlife Center, the Brooklyn’s Children Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
When the weather is inclement, we have indoor gross-motor play/activities. This may include yoga, dance, hip-hop, balance-beams, bean bags, and other forms of physical activities.
With parent/guardian permission Maple Street can apply sunscreen/insect repellent on your child according to the directions on the label or your physician’s instructions.