Each of our classes at PS 154 receives PTA funding for in-class enrichments. This year we are introducing a new music program from Brooklyn Music School; each grade will participate in a year-long, thematically-organized program that will culminate in a final performance (length and location of these performances will vary by grade). All classes will also have play time with access to our PTA-funded Imagination Playground equipment. Some grades have grade specific in-class enrichments, such as Ballroom Dancing for 5thgraders, and the PTA is hoping to bring outdoor nature exploration to our early grades this school year. If you have any feedback on our in-class enrichments, please reach out to Programs Committee Chair Carlyn Kolker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All kindergarteners will spend time building and problem-solving with our Imagination Playground blocks, the block system that helps children learn through creative play. They will also enjoy our residency with Brooklyn Music School, where they will participate in the school’s Music Fundamentals program.
In the winter, chess master Mr. Jairo will teach our chess beginners all the skills they need to play chess, basic tactics and special moves. Students are taught to understand the logic behind moving and trading pieces.
All first graders will get a chance to play weekly with our Imagination Playground blocks. They will have weekly classes with Brooklyn Music School, gaining an understanding of early music fundamentals through singing, movement and rhythm exploration. In the winter, chess master Mr. Jairo will teach our first graders 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.
All second graders will play weekly with our Imagination Playground equipment. Second graders will participate in the Brooklyn Music School’s “choir on fire” program, learning vocal awareness and fundamentals of vocal technique. In the winter, second graders will continue to build on their foundation in chess and learn new skills and strategies from Mr. Jairo.
Third graders will get a chance to exercise their bodies and minds with extra free- play time, including use of Imagination Playground. Third graders will receive weekly classes from Brooklyn Music School, learning the basics of rhythm theory through the school’s “Buckets and Beats” program. In the winter, third graders will have martial arts and mindfulness classes with local studio Sun Dojo. Third graders’ visits to the Brooklyn Museum will complement their social studies curriculum studying global cultures.
Fourth graders will participate in the school’s residency program with Brooklyn Music School, learning the ukulele and a number of songs to accompany their instrument-playing. In addition, the New York Historical Society will work with our 4th grade classes 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 grade will also have visits to the Brooklyn Museum to complement their social studies curriculum.
Our fifth grade students will participate in the Brooklyn Music School’s World Percussion Ensemble program, learning the fundamentals of percussion work and gaining an awareness of the social history of percussion music. Fifth graders will make visits to the Brooklyn Museum, thanks to PTA support. In the spring, fifth graders will continue PS 154’s tradition of 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 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.