Literacy work at PS 29 is supported through the collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. As a Project School, PS 29 benefits from part-time staff developers, workshops throughout the school year, yearlong study groups for administrators and teachers, and summer institutes.
PS 29 is known as a model literacy school. We are also a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project School. Our Literacy program is embedded in a student-centered literature-based workshop curriculum. The structure of Reader’s Workshop, which takes place daily in kindergarten through fifth grade, includes a mini-lesson (brief whole class teacher-directed instruction which may be based on a read aloud or shared reading); a time when children are reading (independently, with partners, in reading centers, in book clubs or in guided reading groups) while teachers are conferring or meeting with small groups; and a shared time. Classroom libraries are filled with a variety of books organized in bins on shelves by topic, author, series and by level of difficulty. Teachers use a variety of tools to assess the abilities and needs of individual children throughout the course of workshop teaching. Reader’s Workshop is taught in units of study.
Literacy presentation from the Curriculum evening on May, 12, 2016
Handouts from our Reading Morning, January 16th, 2014
The structure of Writer’s Workshop, which also takes place daily in grades kindergarten through fifth, includes a mini-lesson; a time when children are writing and the teacher is conferring; and a shared time. From kindergarten through second grade, children keep their writing in folders. Starting in third grade, children keep writer’s notebooks. Writer’s Workshop, like reading, is taught in units of study, including some genre studies as well as other studies such as craft or a revision study. Each unit culminates in a publication/writing celebration.
Literacy work at PS 29 is supported through a collaboration with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Units are aligned with Common Core State Standards.
PS 29 uses a balanced mathematics approach that fosters deep understanding of mathematical concepts, and good problem-solving and computational skills. TERC Investigations, which uses hands-on learning, is our basic math program. This curriculum is supplemented with appropriate strategies and materials from a variety of sources such as Marilyn Burns and Everyday Math. Differentiation of math instruction will continue to be a focus for PS 29 in 2013-14, and staff will continue to engage in professional development to support the implementation of differentiated instruction. Units are aligned with Common Core State Standards.
Math presentation from the Curriculum evening on May, 12, 2016
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Social Studies is taught by our classroom teachers and over the past several years, teachers have come together to write, rethink, revise and revamp units of study. Our focus on diversity and multiculturalism continues to help teachers working on our social studies curriculum to think more about diverse perspectives. We align our Social Studies curriculum with New York State Standards using a workshop model that integrates reading, writing and research-based projects. The general topics by grade are:
- Kindergarten—Family and School Community
- 1st Grade—My Neighborhood
- 2nd Grade—New York City
- 3rd Grade—Communities Around the World
- 4th Grade—U.S. History from Native Americans Through the American Revolution
- 5th Grade—U.S. History from Post-Revolution to the Present
Social and Emotional Learning
The 4 R’s program ( Reading, Writing, Respect and Resolution) integrates social and emotional learning and the language arts for pre-kindergarten to 5th grade:
- Creates school-wide language related to building community, expressing emotions and problem solving
- Units include: Building Community, Feelings, Listening, Assertiveness, Problem Solving, Diversity and Making a Difference
- To learn more about the 4 R’s program click here.
Below are some examples of outside organizations we collaborate with for enrichment programs during the school day.
- Chess Instruction
- Ballroom Dancing
- Dance & Movement
- Brooklyn Arts Exchange
- New Victory Theatre
- Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music: 4th & 5th grade optional lunchtime instrumental (band) program. Instruments include: Sax, clarinet, flute, trombone, percussion, trumpet.
Enrichment Clusters: Parent and teacher-run classes that meet once a week in 8-week cycles. Children are broken up in small groups (6-12 students) to explore a topic of interest.
- Grades 1-2: Fall
- K: Spring
- Grades 3-5: Spring
Families as Learning Partners:
- First Friday of (nearly) every month, first period.
- Parents are invited to join their child and the class to read, play math games, write poetry, create an art project, speak about culture or personal history etc