Teachers help guide your child’s interests!
In our Reggio Emilia inspired Pre-kindergarten program, teachers offer curriculum based on children’s ideas and passions. We introduce literacy, math, and science projects. No day is the same as another.
During each day, children:
All of this ensures that basic skills are attained and that deeper thinking and learning happens.
The teacher is a partner, a nurturer, a guide and a researcher. Children are offered experiences from which they can make their own meaning through exploration and discovery.
The children are seen as co-constructors of knowledge. They are curious and capable, and engage in many different projects where they observe, hypothesize, question and clarify to create understanding.
Children take part in community life activities such as:
These activities help children develop practical and social skills that enable them to be capable and self-reliant aside their classmates. Relationships are important both with other children and with adults.
Children collaborate with each other and the teacher places a strong emphasis on respect, community, and communication.
All of this helps children build social and emotional intellect.
Our curriculum, with a local to global reach, introduces ideas that encourage an understanding of the wider world, helping students become global citizens.
Children engage with the broader culture by exploring:
New discoveries happen everyday in pre-k!
Children express themselves in many ways. They gain a deep understanding of the materials in their classroom and in the world around them.
They look at and use materials in a variety of ways and participate in long-term projects designed to let them view a subject from many angles.
Our classroom is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and engaging. This environment is considered to be the third teacher.
Children learn best through a multi-sensory, project-based approach.
They are encouraged to touch, see, hear, move, speak, and listen. They construct their learning of language, literacy, math, creative arts, science and global studies through deep, unconstrained exploration provoked by the teacher and classmates.
Through active, multi-sensory involvement, memories are rich and learning is meaningful and deep. These children are prepared to take on the challenge of the work to come in our K-2 classroom.
Children, ages 3 and 4-years, are invited to bring an adult companion to school from 10 – 11:30 am any Friday. Come test the waters and see if Voyagers’ Pre-Kindergarten is a good fit for your child. Make a reservation for you and your child. Your first visit is Free.
In French, the students will be introduced to the early basics of the French language by employing each child’s natural inquisitiveness. Topics and direction will be determined as students make requests in an open dialogue with the instructor, during the flow of conversation
Math Workshop supports the emerging skills of our children as they build their understanding of mathematical problem solving. Math takes a hands-on approach that encourages exploration and questioning and sharing.
In an effort to better meet the varying needs of our students, teachers of the lower team bring students in PreK through 5th grade together twice a week for reading workshop.
Words Workshop provides an opportunity for our preschool children to strengthen their language and literacy development through spoken word, reading, and writing. Letter recognition, sound association, and word formation are taught and reinforced through exposure that is varied and interesting to young children.
Work Time is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to actively engage with the school environment and to take a meaningful and self-directed role in learning. Because children are naturally curious and eager to understand their world, it is important to provide time and opportunities for them to deeply explore concepts and topics of interest to them
We engage student’s personal interests with painting, music, dance, science, woodworking and construction, jewelry making, sculpture, drawing, architectural design, drama, robotics and so much more. In addition to our teachers, children are guided by experts who are passionate and generous in their areas of expertise. They can be local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students.
Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games. In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages. Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play. On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school. Participation is a must. Having fun is also required!
Explore the world of stage makeup. Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film. They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.
This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos. The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.
Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces. Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.
This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects
The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.
Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.
Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.
Our Essentials Classes enables us to invite local professionals, parents, grandparents, community members, and even fellow students to teach or co-teach classes. We offer a wide variety of topics that reflect the interests of our students and offer skills and challenges that we feel are important. Areas of study have included arts, music, games and sports, creative writing, community service, gardening, technology, engineering and much more.
The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software
Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives
For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.
Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?
The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment
In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches. They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.
This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from
In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).
Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.
Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit
Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.
Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.
Teaching Associate, Preschool
Ashley Crosby has been working at Voyagers’ Community School for the last three years. She joined us as a Teacher Apprentice from Brookdale Community College, where she continues to pursue her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. At Voyagers’ Ashley assists in the Lower School classrooms and wherever else she may be needed. When not working with children Ashley enjoys spending time with animals and pursuing her hobby of decorating cakes. In the future, Ashley will complete her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.
"Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths, and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture" -Loris Malaguzzi
Emma has always had a passion for helping students to see their full potential by learning in ways that works best for them. Her alma mater, Lasell College, helped to nurture this passion through many teaching experiences in public, private, and charter schools. While at Lasell, Emma was hand selected to teach on the island of Antigua. While there she was fully emerged into the culture, and curriculums of the island. She also was able to do professional development and educate the teachers on the island about the Universal Design for Learning, which is a set of guidelines that helps teachers plan lessons that incorporate the learning types of all the students in the class. It was a truly memorable experience that taught Emma that alternative schools is where she felt that she could make the biggest impact on the children and they could on her as well.
She graduated with a BA in Curriculum and Instruction from Lasell College in May of 2015 and joined Voyagers' in September of that year. Just as Voyagers' was learning to use their new facility, she was learning about the philosophy of the school alongside its students and other faculty members. She has attended the Progressive Educators Network conference in New York, the Association of Constructivist Teaching conference at Kean College, and went through intensive training to become a certified tutor in the practices of Lindamood-Bell. Through these many experiences of professional development, and the everyday experiences that Voyagers' provides for her, she has grown to better understand the Reggio Emilia and Progressive philosophies of the Preschool/Toddler program. Emma is excited to experience another school year, create memories, and continue to learn with her Voyagers' family!
"Great things never come from comfort zones” -Anonymous
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