We provide a variety of innovative, language immersion school experiences for our youngest learners. Brooklyn Global Prep is a unique, Reggio-inspired Language Immersion Preschool in the beautiful Oosten building located in the Williamsburg waterfront district, just one subway stop from Manhattan, seconds from the East River Ferry and right at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge. We provide a variety of innovative, language immersion school experiences for our youngest learners. Children spend their day immersed in rich vocabulary in Mandarin Chinese or French. While our academic curriculum is presented by loving native speaking teachers, in an interactive and engaging way.
Brooklyn Global Prep is a child-centric haven that utilizes language immersion, creative open spaces, nature, art and music to continue the path of happy, culturally diverse, open-minded global thinkers and forever learners.
We partner with our students’ families and communities to foster a true love of language, culture, education and the arts to grow into global leaders of the next generation.
The world is changing so rapidly that it has been predicted that 70% of the jobs our children will have when they reach adult-hood have not been invented yet. Education methodologies must adapt to these new and unprecedented times. The Reggio approach focuses on imparting and developing the skills children will need in order to navigate a world that is ever in flux and difficult to predict. These skills include: independence, observation, problem solving, creativity, out of the box thinking, leadership, team-work, time-management, decision making, grit and perseverance. Adults who possess these skills stand the greatest chance of achieving satisfying levels of personal, social, and economic success.
We believe that when children steer their own learning and learn about topics that they are passionate about and ignite their curiosity, learning is authentic and enduring and children become lifelong learners.
Children thrive in environments that are suited to their interests and developmental stages. In the Reggio Emilia approach the environment is viewed as a place that is welcoming, authentic aesthetically pleasing, culturally representative of the community, embraces nature and filled with purposeful materials. The layout of the environment promotes relationships, communication, collaboration, and exploration through play. Materials are thoughtfully added to the environment to promote creativity, thinking and problem solving skills, questions, experimentation and open-ended play.
No, we are Reggio. Why we chose child-centered, Reggio inspired and play-based instead of montessori:
A Reggio curriculum is fluid and organic. The curriculum emerges from the interests of children. Since teachers are careful observers of children, they are very familiar with topics that excite their curiosity. They help arrange environments that support children’s navigation through a process of inquiry and discovery of their areas of curiosity and interest. A Montessori curriculum is more rote and prescribed with activities that are self correcting. Children perform prepared tasks independently and at their own pace.
Parents, children and educators are partners throughout the educational process. Teachers are referred to as artful balancers. They plan with colleagues and communicate with children as well as their parents to create an individualized learning track. They thoughtfully document the child’s history of thought, pursuit of information, problem solving, and creation.
Educators are facilitators of learning, acting as researchers and guides. They provide children access to tools and information that will help them think critically in order to identify and solve problems both independently and collaboratively with their peers. Curriculum is organic and fluid as it derives from children’s interests.
The Reggio environment is the third teacher, in partnership with parents and classroom teachers. Brooklyn Global Prep’s signature soothing and beautiful aesthetic environment, is carefully curated to provide children with a sense of calm and wellbeing, inspire their sense of wonder, pique their innate curiosity, encourage them to ask questions, and empower them to work autonomously on a wide range of skills including literacy, math, science, engineering, and collaboration and healthy interaction with peers. Since so much emphasis is placed on documentation of children’s learning, the work that children are engaged in is thoughtfully reflected back to them in the form of visual documentation throughout their environment. Documentation takes on many forms including photos, text originated by teachers as well as children, drawings and three dimensional representations. The classroom environment inspires children to reflect upon their ideas and work throughout the day and motivates them to build upon it.