S.S.A Preschool Program (2 – 3 years)
Our preschool program is filled with opportunities for our children to expand their horizons, seek out information, explore new adventures and interrupt the world around them. Our preschool learning environment is set up in content learning centers. These centers focus on content knowledge such as math, science, technology, emergent reading and writing, social and language skills. Our purposeful classroom design allows for teacher-directed activities, while maintaining flexibility for the children to independently explore areas of interest. Our unique environment promotes intellectual, emotional, social and physical development for the “whole” child, while also promoting self-confident, successful lifelong learners.
At Smart Start Academy, we know that preschool matters. Even at a young age, getting exposure to letters, numbers, shapes helps to get them accustomed to learning them before entering a school building. There are other forms of learning that happen while in school too, like listening to a teacher-figure and expanding their ability to pay attention for a certain amount of time. Not everything that is beneficial about preschool programs has to do with academics.
Other important skills learned in our Jersey City preschools fall under the socialization umbrella, such as getting along with other children, learning to share, and contribute and participate in a group discussion. They also will learn how to be respectful, to compromise, and even ways to solve problems. Another aspect of going to a preschool program that is often overlooked is that children learn to separate from their parents.
Our preschools in Jersey City are filled with opportunities for our students to expand their horizons, seek out information, explore new adventures and interrupt the world around them. Education is more than just sitting in a desk and doing worksheets. We recognize that children in this age range are not accustomed to sitting still and listening to lectures, which is why we don’t teach that way. This age group learns through movement, exploration, and putting their hands on projects.
Our preschools in Jersey City and Hoboken are set up in content learning centers. These centers focus on content knowledge such as math, science, technology, emergent reading and writing, social and language skills. The main focus in each of these subjects is to form a good foundation in each one for further learning. We want each student to go on to Kindergarten and grade school with advanced pre-reading skills, better vocabularies, and strong basic math skills. Thanks to our student to teacher ratio, our teachers are able to work with each student at their current level rather than focusing on the group level, which helps improve the quality of education.
We pride ourselves on our purposeful classroom design which allows for teacher-directed activities, while still maintaining flexibility for the children to independently explore areas of interest. It is important for us to help direct children while still letting them control their educational opportunities. Our teachers help inspire the children to engage in the experiences to learn for themselves.
The curriculum we ascribe to is based off of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence’s. We focus on developing the entire child rather than just the areas that schools deem necessary. Helping students to find the areas that they excel in and the ways that they learn best is a great way to help each child boost their self-esteem and knowledge of themselves.
Our unique environment promotes intellectual, emotional, social and physical development for the “whole” child. We know that you are trusting us with your child, to help improve their thinking and teach them new skills. Aside from the general foundations of basic subjects, we also work in our classroom to help promote self-confident, successful lifelong learners. By making learning successful and fun for each child, they get a great start to education.
You would never just trust anyone with your child, so we understand that you have questions. If you are interested in learning more about our preschool programs, you are always welcome to call or visit us to learn more. There are also open houses that we have occasionally to let prospective student’s parents to come and see the school, but if you miss one, ask us about a tour.