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A Day In The Life For Elementary Students

A Day In The Life For Elementary Students

Life at the Q is filled with opportunities for exploration, questioning and something we like to call Problem-Setting. Problem-Setting gives children the opportunity to develop or β€œset” their own questions or β€œproblems.” Problem-Setting is a skill we wish to build for all children in the program so that they learn to develop their own questions not only answer the questions posed by others.

The curriculum is structured to give children a chance to explore and learn through hands-on activities, large group and small group discussions, reflection activities through different artistic mediums, reading and writing workshops, independent projects, large group and small group collaboration projects and field trips in the community.

Children participate in classes with professional artists and other professionals as well as with certified teachers. The goal is for children to be challenged in their education and grow their skills while feeling confident in themselves and connected to a greater community.

Each day, the children who attend the Q work together with the teachers to develop other necessary qualities for being part of the change we wish to see in the world, including: Self-esteem, empathy, a sense of community, a joy of learning, an understanding that differences are to be honored, a desire to help, an ability to observe, an ability to listen, an ability to slow-down and relax, and a sense of wonder about what is possible.

We structure the day to provide opportunities for children to work in both large and small groups as well as individually.

Highlights of the day include:

Homeroom: Students begin and end their day in their homeroom. In the morning, all students go through the schedule of the day, discuss ideas about time keeping (such as weeks, months, years etc), personal goals for the day and discussions about how to stay focused, help one another, ask for help and being part of the community.

Language Labs: Kindergarten – 2nd grade students participate in Spanish classes through music, movement and interactive games. For older students they choose a track of either Mandarin or Spanish and have their language classes two days per week. These classes are interactive and focus on language learning as well as cultural exploration and understanding.

Lunch and Recess: Every day students have half an hour to eat their lunch and then an hour of outdoor recess time. We go outside unless it is severe weather. Students are walked to Rainbow Park, one block from the school and are encouraged to run, jump and climb! If there is inclement weather students run and do indoor games in the indoor movement studio.

Community Field Trips: We plan trips out in the community both locally and in New York City to deepen studies occurring in the studios. Examples of these might include visiting restaurants to order in Spanish or go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for an exhibit on an area of study or visit the salt marshes on Randall’s Island.

 

To get a sense of our program and ask questions, we invite you to an upcoming in-person tour of our school. You can register for an Elementary and Middle School HereΒ