P.S. 153 Kindergarten Curriculum Overview
The curriculum in all academic subjects as P.S. 153 is geared towards instruction that is differentiated. Cooperative learning partner pairing, small group setting, as well as one to one instruction is utilized based upon the needs of our diversified population.
Literacy & Phonics
P.S. 153 uses the Journeys balanced literacy program for reading which encompasses a sophisticated, yet child friendly curriculum where the children themselves are very much a part of the instruction. Higher order thinking is encouraged and students enthusiastically respond both in verbal and written form. While the teacher may model reading and writing skills and strategies, the aim is NOT to have a teacher led classroom, but a student directed one. Assessments are given throughout the year to gauge progress in order to target individual needs.
GoMath is used at P.S. 153 and throughout most of New York City. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and provides a solid foundation for many basic mathematical concepts. Counting, Addition, Subtraction, Comparing Numbers, Geometry, Measurement and Classification and Sorting Data are among the topics covered. This use of manipulatives give a hands on element that captures the interest of the students in a play-like setting. Tests are given at the end of each unit to assess individual mastery of skills.
Scope and Sequence follows Trees through the seasons, The world around us and animals.
Focus is on School, Community, Self and Others, Families, and Neighborhood.
Common Core Drama, Dance, Physical Education, Library and Computer are enjoyed on a weekly basis
Weekly enrichment clusters give the children an opportunity to experience many diversified creative activities.