At PS 153, we use the Journey's Reading Series for our literacy instruction. The program is designed to build confidence and provide flexibility through whole class, small group and individual instruction. The Journeys program provides complex anchor texts that challenge students alongside smart lesson plans that allow our teachers target the needs of all students. Through the use of this program we are able to support all learners with engaging material and teacher support. The program provides assessments and digital tools that support student, teacher and parent.
At PS153 we use the GOMATH series which is the core curriculum for the city of NYC. The program offers an engaging and interactive approach to covering the Common Core State Standards. The students engage in material that focuses on understanding, computational fluency and real life situations. Students and parents can access the program online for additional practice and support. Digital tools support the students, teachers and parents through engaging instructional media.
P.S. 153 students in Pre-k - 5 receive Science instruction weekly. A full time science lab for grades K-5 is available where they engage in hands-on learning and are provided with opportunities for exploration. We are engaging in a new program called Amplify.
P.S. 153 has a technology lab for students in grades K-5. We house 32 I-Mac computers for the children to interact with and learn technology skills. We also have IPads and Chromebooks in the school building. The teachers and students can use the I-Pads and Chromebooks to enhance their learning experience . The students explore many different websites, as well as keeping up with the changes in Technology.
P.S. 153's Common Core Drama program gives the children in Kindergarten to 5th grade ,the opportunity to express themselves through role play improv and other engaging drama elements. All grades have an opportunity to show-off their talents at their Common Core performances.
P.S. 153 has a full time librarian that services students in grades K-5. Classes go to the library on a weekly basis to take out books and learn to love the art of reading.
For the 2019- 2020 school year, all students at PS 153 will be scheduled to have music at least once a week. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be learning to read and play music ,using the recorder. The recorder is a small flute like instrument , that can be played easily, regardless of age. In the early childhood grades, grades PK, K, 1, and 2 ,students will be learning about the fundamentals of music though singing songs ,and by using small classroom percussion instruments.