IN-CLASS ENRICHMENTS

Each of our 21 classes at P.S. 154 receives more than $1500 in funding for in-class enrichments that change with every grade. If you have any feedback on our in-class enrichments, please reach out to Programs Committee Chair Stacy Margolis.

Mr. Jairo plays a game with a kindergarten class to teach how pawn moves.

Mr. Jairo plays a game with a kindergarten class to teach how pawn moves.

Kindergarten: Together in Dance (Winter) and Chess (Spring)
First Grade: Chess (Fall) and Together in Dance (Winter)
During the Together in Dance (TID) residency cycle your child will be building dance vocabulary while exploring creativity through movement.  The emphasis is on dance literacy and body awareness, using dance as a lens to explore curriculum, and encouraging cooperation as children work together. The 11-week residency cycle will culminate in an informal sharing session (informance) for families.
In our 12-week chess residency, chess master Mr. Jairo teaches our young beginners all the skills they need to play chess, basic tactics and special moves. Mr. Jairo starts every class with a fun demonstration and whole-class game, and then transitions to individual games between classmates. Students learn to understand the logic behind moving and trading pieces.

A student and Master Foca demonstrates the martial arts dance of Capoeira at a PTA-sponsored Winter Fair celebration.

A student and Master Foca demonstrates the martial arts dance of Capoeira at a PTA-sponsored Winter Fair celebration.

Second Grade: Capoeira (Fall and Winter)
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that fuses acrobatics, self-defense, music and dance. It is energetic and joyful and exposes children to a new language, music, movement and culture. Our students will focus on Capoeira movements that encourage physical development, motor coordination and interaction with peers and adults. Our Capoeria teacher, PS154 Parent Master Foca, also runs Capoeria Brooklyn.

Third Grade: BAX Dance (Winter and Spring)
To connect with our 3rd grade social studies curriculum, our modern dance residency instructor, from BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange) will include aspects of dance from Africa and China. Lessons will focus on the development of strength, flexibility and coordination. Working independently and in groups, students will create original dances utilizing rhythms and music.

Fourth Grade: New York Historical Society (monthly visits) and Mark Morris Hip Hop Dance (Spring)
The New York Historical Society will work with our 4th grade classes this year to enrich our social studies curriculum. Each month, a museum educator will visit the classrooms to deliver hands-on lessons using art and artifacts from their collections to illuminate the past.
The 4th graders will also work with Mark Morris Dance Group in a Hip-Hop dance residency. The classes will focus on hip-hop dance principles such as syncopated rhythms, coordination and choreography. Students will develop musicality, flexibility and physical fitness in a fun environment--and perform for the parents at the end of the residency. 

Fifth Grade: Ballroom Dancing
The mission of Dancing Classrooms is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. Your child will be taught a syllabus of traditional ballroom dances in a learning environment which fosters respect, teamwork, confidence, and politeness. Classes are conducted with individual classroom groups, twice a week, for ten weeks, and led by a Dancing Classrooms teaching artist in collaboration with your child’s classroom teacher. With their classmates, the journey of ballroom dance will take students through the history and cultures of the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Swing, and Waltz.