Quiet classical music, sensory materials, blocks of movement and Kids Yoga provide your child with relaxation and enjoyment, while simultaneously stimulating perception of the high volume of information. This is the style of learning at Brilliant Kids NYC.
This program has been diligently developed for our youngest learners. A broad range of sensory materials and fun games are implemented to introduce initial mathematical and engineering concepts to toddlers. Short blocks of activities are structured for this early age. A variety of classical and modern pedagogical strategies are implemented to foster logical thinking skills. Beyond our primary educational goals, we integrate various strategies to foster speech development and establish positive social interaction.
Early start of introduction to the tests concepts has been proven by our students high scores. Most G&T test components are based on the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale which is used as an assessment tool by the Hunter Elementary School. Verbal Routing of Stanford-Binet assesses child's cognitive thinking in a perspective of expressive language. Our program covers all these components, as well as OLSAT, NNAT-2, classification, prepositions and verbal concepts, and cognitive thinking strategies. We use our own leveled books where test questions are adjusted for the youngest learners.
While younger learners are introduced to initial concepts, our curriculum for 4-year-olds is based on a higher level of cognitive abilities. This program includes learning verbal and nonverbal components of the G&T Test (OLSAT and NNAT-2), variety of categories, prepositions, verbal concepts, quantitative skills, and expressive language. We use a structured curriculum. Our experienced educators apply differentiated instruction and an individualized approach to each child. Small class sizes (6-8 children) allow teachers to work individually with students according to their level and learning style. Your child will have two G&T practice tests, one in the beginning of the semester and another - in a couple of months.
A high score on the G&T test is a great achievement! However, that alone does not guarantee academic success in the Gifted and Talented Program. Students are expected high level performance in math and reading. Reading levels measure a child's ability to read, memorize sight words, and demonstrate reading comprehension. Understanding and manipulating addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, statistics, number families, measurement, variables, problem solving, and the other math concepts are challenging for young kids. Failure to meet required academic levels can damage a young student's self-confidence and causes parents worry about their child's placement in the G&T program. Small class setting allows us to pay individual attention to each child and gain measurable academic achievements in reading and mathematics. We ensure that each student participates during classes and demonstrates progress.
In Coding class children are taught programming concepts using ScratchJr, that is an introductory language that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. In the process, kids learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
In Robotics class children build exciting robots, using motors, sensors, gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles. Our young students develop their computational and critical thinking. They make the robots move and react to stimulus like motion and sound.
Innate curiosity attracts young children to engineering, technology, and science. Kids love to explore different materials, their features, methods of connections and interactions. We encourage kids' creativity and imagination while they manipulate variety of materials and learn basic STEM concepts. At the same time our young "engineers" and "scientists" learn verbal concepts and prepositions (in, on, under, over, on top, in front of, behind, etc.), opposites (soft and hard, smooth and rough, long and short, etc.), action words, following directions, taking turns, share, and express themselves verbally.
Children are naturally curious about engineering, technology, and science. They love to explore different materials, their features, and methods of connections and interactions. We encourage each student's creativity and imagination while they manipulate a variety of materials and learn STEM concepts. Our 4-year-old "engineers" and "scientists" learn to differentiate between 2-D shapes and 3-D objects, understand balance, symmetry, asymmetry, length, height, and weight. They create labyrinths and learn how to use instruction booklets to build Lego structures. They explore different materials and features, compare, make science experiments, manipulate robots, and discover the other exciting STEM components.