Our balanced literacy program integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Classroom libraries feature a plethora of reading material with a vast number of genres and literary works. Literacy block is scheduled for 100 minutes of instruction every day in every classroom. Embedded into the pacing calendar is an allocation of time for assessment and re-teaching, as well as an integration of the arts. The mCLASS assessment system will be administered three times per year to track student progress and to identify areas in need of support. Teachers in Kindergarten - Grade 5 have been trained to interpret and utilize the results of this assessment to inform their instruction.
Go Math is our program of choice. This program focuses on all mathematical concepts that are vital to the success of every child at each grade level. These concepts include problem solving, the utilization of manipulatives, and the promotion of reasoning skills, divergent thinking and the communication arts as part of mathematics. To support instruction, classes use manipulative kits, calculators, books and pacing calendars. Included in the schedule is the Problem of the Day. We believe in regular use of manipulatives to deepen understanding and provide hands-on learning and practice. Math centers are used for demonstration of acquired knowledge in content specific area.
Our Social Studies program is focused around the NYS and city curriculum. Instruction is delivered through a project approach and class trips supporting topics of study. Students are involved in projects emphasizing analysis, synthesis, and critical judgment using the “Five Forever Factors.” One example of our thematic units is an in depth study of the Harlem Renaissance. Students' work is presented in a living museum-style production known as “A Night at the Apollo”.
Our Science program is centered around an “inquiry process / hands on approach”. All teachers engage in STEAM challenges and students from K-5th also have additional STEAM lessons with Ms. Vasilakis. Students in the ECC (Early Childhood Center) building use Harcourt Science kits and science trade books. Our students from 2nd- 5th grade are using Amplify Science.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. At AEA, we use Sanford Harmony, a social emotional learning program for Pre-K-6 grade students, designed to foster intergender communication and understanding, connection, and community both in and outside the classroom and develop boys and girls into compassionate and caring adults.
NYCDOE units of study in Explore Track
Math: Building Blocks
Music & Movement: Spark