Head of Preschool
718-599-7300, ext. 5020
Brooklyn College-M.S.Ed.- Early Childhood Special Education
Welcome to the Preschool division at Williamsburg Northside School! My name is Bridget Lambrechts and as part of the Northside community for the past fourteen years I am honored to collaborate everyday with a group of highly passionate, caring, and dedicated educators. Our school finds inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach and embraces the principles that guide it. We believe strongly that all children are strong and competent and we strive to create a community founded on the idea of respect – respect for ourselves, respect for each other, and respect for the environment. With a background in Early Childhood Special Education, and having worked with children ages birth through five with a wide range of needs and abilities, I truly believe that every person brings value to a community. While visiting the preschools and infant toddler centers of Reggio Emilia Italy, I found a connection between my beliefs and their belief that all children have their own ideas and opinions early on and that respect for each individual is the foundation for a successful classroom. As Head of Preschool, it is my goal to create an environment where children feel empowered to explore and where every child’s voice is represented. Our teachers are here to listen to the children and facilitate opportunities that help them find answers to their questions and guide their grow both as individuals and as members of a community.
I see the preschool years as foundational years and at Northside you will find a program that sets the stage for continued and future growth. Our emergent and play based curriculum allows us to address the whole child, preparing them emotionally, physically, and cognitively for the next steps, all while maintaining a joy for learning.
I invite you to come in and experience the joy, collaboration and community yourself. With exciting classrooms, a rooftop playground and garden, and an art studio just waiting to be explored, you may not want to leave!
Northside preschool classrooms learn through an emergent, Reggio Emilia inspired, curriculum that is constructed by faculty through student individuality and class observations. The faculty employ student interests and weave in age-appropriate skills, questions, objectives, and a collective knowledge of child development. Classes take part in in-depth investigations of topics that we refer to as projects. Through both child-directed and teacher-facilitated activities, children are given the opportunity to fully explore the world around them. The project topics are often connected to something the children have had experiences with and can be concrete (i.e. babies, subways, fire trucks, etc.) or abstract (i.e. water, light, measurement, etc.). A multi-sensory approach is used to meet the varying learning styles and developmental needs of each child. Children will engage with and express themselves through a variety of media, including, but not limited to, paint, clay, collage, music, dance, storytelling, blocks, natural materials, and recycled materials.
Teachers use the developmental milestones set forth by the New York State Early Learning Guidelines as well as their own professional experience, to provide opportunities that help each student meet age appropriate expectations. Projects are considered a vehicle by which the children construct knowledge and gain a sense of ownership over their own learning. While time working on projects is an important part of the day, all aspects of the preschool schedule are filled with numerous opportunities for skill building and learning.
Consistency and predictability within the preschool daily schedule is an important factor toward building community and relationships among peers and adults alike. While there is flexibility in routine, the components of the day remain the same from class to class. Each group participates in group conversations at morning assembly, time for project work, and opportunities for gross motor exercise. Ample time is also allotted for meals, play, read aloud, rest time and bathroom breaks. Students in the preschool have a rich schedule that is supplemented with music, and art.
January Start 2’s Two day
January Start Class; Introduction to Preschool
Starts January 4th, 2018
8:30am-12:pm or 8:30am-3:00pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Please Contact Teresa Smith, email@example.com
3’s Five Full Day 8:30am-3:00pm
3’s Three Full Day 8:30am-3:00pm
3’s Two Full Day 8:30am-3:00pm
3’s Five Half Day 8:30am-12:00pm