Preschool in Brooklyn | MUSE Academy
MUSE Academy offers the best Preschool in Brooklyn for families who are looking to unlock their child's creative potential and develop a life-long passion for learning. Our focus is on the whole child that combines structured learning of literacy and numeracy with music, dance, arts and creative play.
Our joint Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4 class is led by outstanding teachers with backgrounds in early childhood education that are supplemented by specialist instruction. The daily routine begins with morning circle, where students gather with their teachers, and includes science discovery, visual arts, and Spanish language, leading to afternoons filled with dance, imaginative play, and choir. Our Kindergarten program provides a critical transitional point, as your child receives the foundation for more advanced academic work while also advancing the social and emotional development, to be an active participant in their own learning.
MUSE After-School Program
The MUSE After-School Program provides an extended day option for working parents with science discovery, art, and movement combined with outdoor play.
Our Preschool Program
Each class has a master teacher and teaching associate to provide individual attention and support to young learners. Our teaching approach engages the full range of senses — tactile, visual, olfactory, movement, rhythmic — so as to fully engage young minds and keep a powerful flow of discovery and wonder.
Preschool also nurtures your child's social and emotional development. At MUSE, they will learn what it means to be part of a supportive community where respect, sharing, and collaboration are highly valued. They will gain the essential skills to begin to understand the world beyond their family and be active contributors to shaping their environment as future citizens.
Language & Literacy
Our language acquisition approach uses group story time and reading circles to develop an early passion for narrative and language. Young scholars are exposed to the fundamentals of alphabet, phonics, handwriting, and simple word recognition that they will need to transition into daily writing assignments, rapid vocabulary acquisition, and explicit study of grammar and syntax in kindergarten and beyond. Your child will learn to ask questions, share perspectives, and imaginatively explore their own versions of stories that they learn through art, simple stories, and group performances.
MUSE Preschool provides your child a strong foundation in math using a three-step learning process: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. Guided explorations in the Pre-K years employ a wide range of experiences within the concrete stage of development through hands-on learning using physical objects such as chips, dice, toys, and manipulatives before advancing to the pictorial and abstract math learning. Congruent with Singapore Math pedagogy, our teachers use number play to build a rich and deep understanding of introductory math concepts. This provides students an intuitive and fluent grounding in number sense, place value, geometry, and addition and subtraction that prepares them for rapid progression in kindergarten and beyond.
Music is woven throughout the day of Preschool students at MUSE, from the morning circle to songs in Spanish language and story time. Daily formal instruction in music employs Orff percussion instruments and other developmentally appropriate wind instruments and drums to develop rhythmic patterns and melodic phrases. Students learn to appreciate music from a wide range of musical traditions, recognize the sound of individual instruments, and simple musical notation. Vocal instruction in brings across the joy of the human voice as children learn to prepare and perform short songs that are delivered with emotion and enthusiasm in performances to their peers and the school community.
Dance & movement
Daily instruction in dance and movement is an integral part of the MUSE educational experience, and an invaluable means to develop body awareness, strength, social learning, and energy regulation. In Preschool, gross motor skills, coordination, and socialization are all honed by creative movement, leaping, circling, and folk dances. Core skills such as counting, alphabet, shapes, rhythm and pattern recognition are reinforced through mirroring, call and response, and synchronized skywriting.
Visual Arts will be taught as an integral element of MUSE Preschool, and the interplay of creativity and imagination stimulates intellectual, practical and artistic development. Students will be empowered through experiential and immersive exploration of the realm of visual arts and the study of self expression, observation, color theory, visual thinking and problem solving, art history, fiber arts, sculpture, painting and drawing. Working in thematic ‘blocks’ of study relating to the core curricula, visual arts will integral subject supporting the academics while encouraging students as artists, thinkers and problem solvers.
At MUSE Academy daily, immersion study of Spanish begins in Pre-K 3. Spanish is taught through speaking, naming, singing, and call and response. From the moment students begin their language class, not a word of English is spoken, so that Castellano becomes a second"mother tongue." Daily language practice to build confidence, vocabulary, and oral fluency are the focus of Pre-K years, with grammar and written expression built later, just as students learn their first language.
Come meet our team and find out if MUSE Academy's Brooklyn Preschool Program is the right fit for your family!