HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES & PROGRAMS 2019-20

Core to our mission as a PTA, and a primary role of the Enrichment Committee, is supporting the school in the successful education of our children. These are the hands-on learning experiences we will be bringing to all the students of PS166Q in 2019-2020! Focused on fostering creative expression, movement, and critical thinking skills, these activities will be introduced to all classes in each grade as described below.

We call them Enrichment Programs because they do just that—they enrich every child’s educational experience and make it more well-rounded. Working closely with our very supportive Principal, we have established partnerships with a variety of NYC-based educational vendors who offer customized programs suited for our school’s curriculum needs and tie into Common Core. Enrichment programs are broken into two terms, fall and spring. Fall programs run from late September through late December and Spring programs run from late January through late April.

Kindergarten

Fall term:
At the beginning of a kindergarteners school year teachers and support staff work at establishing a routine and assisting children with transitioning into their new school and schedules. No programming will be scheduled.
Spring term:
Creative movement with Town Hall. Creative Movement is a joyful way for children to explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity. Creative movement uses body actions to: communicate an image (the wind), communicate an idea (a journey) or communicate a feeling (strength).
www.thetownhall.org

First Grade

Fall programming:
Dance with RIOULT – Teaching artist will provide a comprehensive dance experience including a Lecture Demonstration, a series of Dance Workshops, and a culminating performance. RIOULT Teaching Artists lead a series curriculum-based classes developed with the classroom teacher. Students create original movement phrases and collaboratively use them to craft a dance. The residency concludes with a culminating performance where students perform their dance work for the school, parents, and community.
www.rioult.org
Spring programming:
NYC Children’s Theater – Teaching Artists will lead all our 1st graders over 10 weekly visits through acting, playwriting, and songwriting workshops to adapt a children’s book. Each class will partner with another for Sharing Day, where they will present the works they’ve created. Language, literacy, writing, speaking, listening, and reading comprehension skills are reinforced.
www.nycchildrenstheater.org

Second Grade

Fall programming:
Art House Astoria – Teaching Artists will focus on teaching all our 2nd graders rhythms through body movement, such as clapping or stepping with the beats. Additionally, they will learn songs that contain the learned rhythms, and play movement games that require students to keep a steady pulse. Students will also demonstrate the learned rhythms on keyboard, xylophone, and percussion instruments.
www.arthouseastoria.org
Spring programming:
Dance with RIOULT – Teaching artist will provide a comprehensive dance experience including a Lecture Demonstration, a series of Dance Workshops, and a culminating performance. RIOULT Teaching Artists lead a series curriculum-based classes developed with the classroom teacher. Students create original movement phrases and collaboratively use them to craft a dance. The residency concludes with a culminating performance where students perform their dance work for the school, parents, and community.
www.rioult.org
Kidspire (2 workshops only):
All our 2nd graders will be exposed to architecture and design through fun hands-on projects. They’ll develop spatial reasoning through 2D and 3D construction challenges, and learn how art, history, culture, math and science play a role in creating man-made structures. The program will encourage creative decisions around the practical limitations of real-life construction. These projects lay a foundation for success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
www.kidspirenyc.com

Third Grade

Fall programming:
Coding – Third graders will learn the basics of coding over a 10-week period brought to us by the company Kony. The platform that will be used is Scratch.
scratch.mit.edu
Spring programming:
Chess with Tom Moran – Mr. Moran is a USCF Certified Chess Coach, level 3. His goal is to make learning chess fun! He focuses on teaching students to apply the benefits of chess to their everyday lives and academics. These benefits include improvement with creative problem solving, improved memory, focus, foresight, sportsmanship, mental fortitude and an ability to learn from and not repeat mistakes.

Fourth Grade

Fall programming:
Chess with Tom Moran – Mr. Moran is a USCF Certified Chess Coach, level 3. His goal is to make learning chess fun! He focuses on teaching students to apply the benefits of chess to their everyday lives and academics. These benefits include improvement with creative problem solving, improved memory, focus, foresight, sportsmanship, mental fortitude and an ability to learn from and not repeat mistakes.
Spring programming:
Town Hall – The “Dances from Around the World” program brings ballroom dancing instruction to all 4th graders! Students also discover the music, art, geography and history of various cultures while learning each culture’s dance. Professional dancers teach intricate moves as well as following directions, practicing and collaborating to develop effective group dynamics.
www.thetownhall.org

Fifth Grade

Fall programming:
Town Hall – Through the Dance Program provided by the Town Hall, Fifth Graders will be learning Hip Hop Dance. This program follows the NYC Blueprint for the Arts Curriculum for Dance. Students will be working on exploring new ways of moving, creating their own movement, and learning to express themselves in new ways using movement. Students will also develop dance vocabulary and find ways to talk about the history of dance as well. They will be learn and perform a routine at the end showing the skills they have learned, as well as have a chance to build social skills with peers through creating their own dances.
www.thetownhall.org
Spring programming:
NYC Children’s Theater – Teaching Artists will lead our 5th graders over 10 weekly visits through acting, playwriting, and songwriting workshops to adapt a children’s book. Each class will partner with another for Sharing Day, where they will present the works they’ve created. Language, literacy, writing, speaking, listening, and reading comprehension skills are reinforced.
www.nycchildrenstheater.org