Our Spanish-immersion preschool program serves our youngest students.
(The Heart) of our school - La escuela es un lugar seguro, para sentirse bien, para crecer y aprender.
At One World Project our school environment nurtures. We recognize being safe and feeling safe is a critical foundation of learning. Next, we want to make sure children feel well. Social and emotional learnig is a fundemental part of our curriculum as is the practice of positive discipline. With that foundation we are ready to grow and learn together.
We believe education is transformative. We carefully craft programs to meet families needs, capture children's interests, and foster Spanish. We ask parents/guardians to be our partners on our education journey. Together we support children to be their best selves.
Our curriculum — led by children's interests — uses art, music, movement, and science to cultivate global and environmental awareness. Each day includes opportunities for free and structured play and includes time outside in our backyard playground or school garden. All in Spanish.
OWP also has a grant from the Department of Education to offer a free Spanish-immersion Universal Pre K program for 4 year olds. Application and enrollment for the UPK program is done by DOE. All children enrolled in our 2s and 3s programs have priority enrollment.
START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Entering preschool is an important experience for your child. We have a proactive plan to help all children adjust to their new environment, routines, teachers, and classmates.
Before the start of the school year we:
Circulate a class list to help facilitate playdates and build community
Set up a 30 minute home visit where you child’s teacher will meet with your child and begin to forge a relationship
Share the shortened schedule which is crafted to help ease the transition to school
On the first day of school:
Allow enough time to have a calm morning and arrive at school early, without having to rush.
Support your child in exploring the classroom and selecting an enjoyable activity. We invite you to come into the classrooms during the first week of school and encourage you to stay until your child is comfortable and able to engage with teachers and peers.
When your child is settled, take time for a warm goodbye and exit. It is best not to linger. Prolonged goodbyes may give your child a message that there is reason for concerns.
Bring a family picture for your child to keep in his/her cubby, a stuffed animal or other comfort item, a seasonally appropriate change of clothing, a crib sheet and blanket to be left at school for naptime, a water bottle, lunch packed in a lunck box and a backpack. If your child is not potty trained or needs to wear a diaper during nap time please also bring a week's supply of diapers and baby wipes. Please label all personal items.
We invite you to come into the classrooms during the first week of school and encourage you to stay until your child is comfortable and able to engage with teachers and peers.
Have someone available at the beginning of the school year to support your child's adjustment to school should your presence in the classroom be necessary.
Teachers will help with separation if you and/or your child need one-on-one support. Remember, children are very resilient and often go from meltdowns to engaging happily in an activity in a very short period of time.
Please reach out to us if there is anything we can do to help you and your child make a smooth transition to the school year.
Our program is designed to support both Spanish-speakers and English speakers.
We support Spanish-language learners through a deliberately designed gradual Spanish immersion model. Spanish language development is supported by visual references, routines and repetition, and by paraphrasing and parallel talk in Spanish.
Many families ask about what to expect from a language-immersion experience. Below is what you can expect from three days per week of immersion (via www.multilingualchildren.org):
FIRST MONTH: Everything is new, and the child will resist the change vehemently. Typically, after the initial crying bouts, he may be quieter and more reserved than his normal self at school and may resist playing with the other kids. Remember that this sort of behavior is extremely common even if there isn’t a new language involved — it is a normal toddler reaction to any large change!
SECOND MONTH: The child begins to adjust to the new situation. He opens up and plays more with the other kids and begins to learn the basic words (yes, no, food items, etc.) He begins to like and gain trust in the teachers.
THIRD MONTH AND BEYOND: The child becomes comfortable with the situation and starts to enjoy himself, really accelerating his language learning. He has made a few friends and looks forward to seeing them. (Remember, happy kids learn the fastest.) At this stage, he’ll increase his vocabulary much faster and start to combine words into simple sentences, maybe even picking up some basic grammar. If you can keep up this kind of language interaction, you’re really off to the races.
After about one semester, he will be comfortable using the minority language and will be quickly catching up to his peers — well on his way to speaking a foreign language, just by playing and having fun!
For more information on raising a multilingual child: http://multiculturalkidblogs.com
For Spanish language acquisition: http://www.spanishplayground.net
We support our curriculum through walking trips throughout the neighborhood including regular visits to Prospect Park, Greenwood Playground, and the Windsor Terrace Library. Parents are welcome to attend field trips. All field trips will have at least one parent or teacher chaperone for every two children.