Our Curriculum

Cornerstone Learning Center offers an expanded Early Childhood curriculum that includes instruction in five core areas: Reading , Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies through the use of the NYCDOE PreK for ALL curriculum as well as specific knowledge domains germane to Early Childhood Education. We also provide additional concentrated instruction across all age group classes in Math, Science and Vocabulary Development as part of our Early Childhood Enrichment component. Our focus on Early Childhood Literacy includes Book of the Month learning activities, intentional focus on various life skills topics, specialized vocabulary and consistent training to develop students’ ability to respond to literary texts verbally and through literacy based activities. Cornerstone is planning to establish a STEAM based Science and Math Lab in 2023 to augment the instructional program and underscore our strong commitment to producing the next generation of scientists, tech professionals, engineers and mathematicians. The schoolwide and long-term vision for Cornerstone students, is that through consistent high quality teaching, effort and focus we will facilitate our students entry into the STEAM based professions of the future. The time to start this endeavor is NOW.

Toddlers

Early Learn: Connections

The Early Learn program at Cornerstone Learning Center uses the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, the New York City Department of Education’s Connections curriculum, and cognitive domains from Early Childhood Education knowledge basics, to create an expanded, enriched, Early Learn curriculum. Our educational program includes monthly thematic Units of Study that include the following:

Supportive, nurturing, self-affirming instructional strategies

Consistent, ongoing focus on the social and emotional development of each student

Vocabulary Development combined with language/communication skill development

-Cognition training through the use of Mathematics and Science activities

We know that two-year olds are in the self-defining stage of making meaning from their environment, and require a variety of learning modalities to acquire knowledge. At Cornerstone, we are committed to supporting our two-year old students in their quest to make meaningful connections with the world around them.

3K for All

3K for ALL: Exploration

The 3K for ALL program at Cornerstone Learning Center uses the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, the New York City Department of Education’s Explorations curriculum, cognitive and reasoning domains from Early Childhood Education knowledge basics, to create an expanded, enriched, 3K for ALL curriculum. Our educational program includes monthly thematic Units of Study and Early Childhood Education Knowledge Units that include the following domains:

Supportive, nurturing, self-affirming instructional strategies that lead students towards being able to interact with and understand unit content information.

Consistent, ongoing focus on the social and emotional development of each student, and how this impacts their growth and development in their new school community.

Vocabulary Development combined with new language and communication strategies that enable three-year olds to acquire greater facility in being able to verbally describe their experiences, thoughts, feelings and ideas.

-Cognition training through the use of Mathematics and Science learning activities, that promote critical and analytical reasoning as well as a more comprehensive understanding of content information in both domains.

We know that three-year olds are actively learning and acquiring content knowledge, vocabulary and developing new meaningful relationships with their school environment, and the world in general. They require a variety of learning modalities to acquire this new knowledge, expand their awareness, grow and develop cognitively, on a more nuanced level. At Cornerstone, we are committed to supporting our three-year old students as they endeavor to create meaningful connections through their explorations of the various kinds of communities, in which they live and learn.

 

Pre-K for All, Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-K For ALL: Units of Study

The PreK for ALL program at Cornerstone Learning Center uses the Head Start EarlyLearning Outcomes Framework, the New York City Department of Education’s PreK Units of Study curriculum, cognitive and reasoning domains from Early Childhood Education knowledge basics, as well as from the five core subject areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics Science and Social Studies, to create an expanded, enriched, PreK for ALL curriculum. Our educational program includes monthly thematic Units of Study, Early Childhood Education Knowledge Units, specific Literacy, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies content Units that also include the following domains:

Supportive, nurturing, self-affirming instructional strategies that lead students towards being able to understand unit content information and develop skill based competencies.

Consistent, ongoing focus on the social and emotional development of each student, how this impacts their growth and development in school community, with their peers,teachers and other significant adults.

Vocabulary Development combined with more complex language and communication strategies that enable four-year olds to acquire greater facility in being able to verbally describe their experiences, thoughts, feelings, ideas opinions and perspectives relative to the subject area content information that they are learning.

-Cognition training through the intentional use of Mathematics and Science lessons, that promote critical and analytical reasoning as well as a more comprehensive understanding of content information in both domains.

We acknowledge that four-year olds are actively learning and acquiring content knowledge, new vocabulary and developing increasingly meaningful relationships withtheir school environment, and the world in general. They require a variety of learning modalities and experiences to acquire and retain this new knowledge, expand their awareness, and to develop cognitively, on a more nuanced intellectual level. At Cornerstone, we are committed to supporting our four-year old students as they endeavor to create meaningful lasting connections, through their understanding of content information from the five core subject areas and thematic Units of Study that will support their individual growth and development in tangent to their school community and the wider world beyond school.