Kate Briscoe here, Director of our Early Learning Program at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. I was recently tapped by a few local publications via our sister schools to weigh in on how to foster creativity and critical thinking in students just starting out on their academic journey. I thought, "why not share with our Eureka! Brooklyn readers?" Hope you enjoy the activities (and let us know how it goes!):
As a parent, you are the single biggest influence and teacher in your young child’s life. So it’s no wonder parents often ask themselves, “Am I setting my child up for success?” However, the key to laying the foundation for academic success for your pre-kindergartener may be easier than you think.
Young, active minds are soaking up the world around them and it’s important to expose their natural curiosity to as many different activities and experiences as possible. We want our kids to possess a joyful love of learning, and discover different ways to harness their creativity and enhance their capacity to think critically. But those inspiring and challenging moments don’t always have to be outside the comforts of your own home.
Here are five fun activities you can do at home while fostering creativity and critical thinking in your early learner:
In the first part of our Early Learning Program blog series, we explored some of parents' most frequently asked questions. In this second installment of the series, we share photos from our visit to the PreK room as some of our students helped illustrate examples of our Early Learning Program. Many thanks to our obliging helpers!
Early Learning: Discovery & Foundation
Though we offer a program designed to ensure students reach developmentally appropriate milestones in preparation for Kindergarten, our daily focus on social and emotional development is present in all aspects of our curriculum. We like to start the day off positively by greeting each other and singing welcome songs to help one another feel ready for a great day.
We have enjoyed meeting so many families this Early Admissions season and are humbled by the excitement families are showing over the impending opening of our Early Learning Program (Pre-K3 and Pre-K4). With the deadline for our Early Admissions cycle fast approaching, we want to ensure you have answers to any questions you may have.
In part one of our Early Learning Program blog series, we are sharing answers to the top 5 questions that we've been asked at our admissions events and tours. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Admissions team should your questions not be covered in our series.
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.