Each of our classes at P.S. 154 receives PTA funding for in-class enrichments. All classes will participate in our residency with Tiny Scientist and enjoy weekly free-play time with access to our new, PTA-funded Imagination Playground equipment. The PTA and school administration are working closely together to establish a MakerSpace for all students - a place where children can create design and technology-based projects. Some in-class enrichments also change by grade. 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 Tiny Scientist, when they’ll do 5 sessions of hands-on experiments and learn from a team of zany scientists.
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 learn to understand the logic behind moving and trading pieces.
All first graders will get a chance to play weekly with our Imagination Playground blocks. During the fall, first graders will enjoy 7 sessions with the Tiny Scientist’s residency, engaging in hands-on learning and experiments. 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. In the spring, first graders will experience 8 weeks of interactive American sign language (ASL) class.
All second graders will play weekly with our Imagination Playground equipment. In the fall, students will enjoy 7 sessions with our Tiny Scientist residency and get to practice hands-on experiments and learning. In the winter, second graders will continue to build on their foundation in chess and learn new skills and strategies from Mr. Jairo. In the spring, they will have a 12-week residency to continue their exposure to American Sign Language (ASL) and visit the Bio Bus, a mobile lab of science exploration.
Third graders will get a chance to exercise their bodies and minds with extra free- play time, including use of Imagination Playground. In the fall they will enjoy 7 sessions of Tiny Scientist, complementing our science curriculum with experiments and hands-on learning. In the spring, they’ll visit the Bio Bus, a mobile lab of science exploration. 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 Tiny Scientist, complementing our science curriculum with experiments and hands-on learning for 7 sessions. 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. The grade’s study of Native American cultures will be complemented by two visits from Red Hawk Council. Fourth graders will also experience weekly free-play sessions.
Our fifth grade students will work with Tiny Scientist to do hands-on learning and experiments for 9 sessions. They will make visits to the Brooklyn Museum, thanks to PTA support. Fifth graders will also 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.