Our Classes

Our Lions and Dragonflies classes are a long-standing tradition at Brooklyn Preschool. We are delighted to continue our Jellyfish class, for 2-3 year olds this fall 2019!

Days, Times, and Age-eligibility

The Jellyfish Class is our class for 2 and 3-year old students. To be age-eligible for the Jellyfish class, students must turn 2 by September 1st of the enrolling school year. The Jellyfish class meets 2 days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30am – 12:00pm. The Jellyfish class enrolls up to 8 students, with a ratio of 1 adult to every 2.6 children at full enrollment.

The Lions Class is our class for 3 and 4-year old students. To be age-eligible for the Lions class, students must turn 3 by September 1st of the enrolling school year. The Lions class meets 2 days a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:00am to 12:30pm. The Lions class enrolls up to 16 students, with a ratio of 1 adult to every 4 children at full enrollment.

The Dragonflies Class is our class for 4 and 5-year olds. To be age-eligible for the Dragonflies class, students must turn 4 by September 1 of the enrolling school year. The Dragonfly class meets 3 days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The Dragonflies class enrolls up to 18 students, with a ratio of 1 adult to every 4.5 students at full enrollment.

Our School Day 

What happens during a typical preschool day? Here’s what it looks like at Brooklyn, for a Dragonflies or Lions class:

  • The day begins with morning circle time. The students, parents, and teacher sing hello and goodbye. The teacher engages the students in an interactive discussion about the day’s activities, a weekly or seasonal theme, or an upcoming event.
  • Open play time begins after circle time. During this time, students are free to choose their own adventure. Classroom materials and projects are changed daily, weekly, and seasonally, so that students continue to engage in the classroom environment in different ways.
  • Community snack time takes place after open play. We provide a vegetarian, nut-free snack at school each day. Students get to pass plates of food around a shared table, serve themselves, and clean their own dishes. Our snack preparation always accommodates students with dietary restrictions.
  • Open play moves outdoors after snack time. Students are free to climb on the play-structures, ride trikes and bikes, play ball, dig in the sandbox, share the tire swing, cook in the mud kitchen, engage in group play, and more.
  • Students return to the classroom for closing circle and story time. When the school day ends parent teachers meet in the classroom for a short debrief of the day’s events. Students are free to continue playing outdoors, under parental supervision.

Jellyfish have a similarly structured day.

  • The day begins with open play. The teacher sings hello to each student as they arrive a dive right in to play. The teacher engages the students in an interactive craft activity aligned with a seasonal theme, or an upcoming event.
  • Circle time takes place after open play. All students gather around the “Jellyfish Ocean” a large blue rug. The teacher engages all the students in a story time that is aligned to the theme of the day as well as songs and other physical interactive activities. The teacher will select appropriate activities that arise from the individual class progression and experience.
  • Community snack time takes place after circle time. We provide a vegetarian, nut-free snack at school each day. Students get to pass plates of food around a shared table, serve themselves, and clean their own dishes. Our snack preparation always accommodates students with dietary restrictions.
  • After snack time everyone heads outdoors rain or shine. Students are free to climb on the play-structures, ride trikes and bikes, play ball, dig in the sandbox, share the tire swing, cook in the mud kitchen, engage in group play, and more.
  • Students return to the classroom for closing circle and story time. Each student gets a musical farewell after a story and a recap of the days events. When the school day ends parent teachers meet in the classroom for a short debrief of the day’s events. Students are free to continue playing outdoors, under parental supervision.