The Gift Of Time
Atlantis Preparatory School designed the Midstream Program to give children an extra year to grow and develop before entering Kindergarten. In recent years, early childhood educators have begun to focus on a child's cognitive and social development, rather than age.
Who is a candidate for the Midstream Program?
The children who enroll in the Midstream class are typically students, ages 4 1/2 - 5 years old, with birthdays between May and December, or those who may miss the Kindergarten cut-off date. Midstream allows a “younger" five year old child an extra year of practice to gain more self-confidence and self-esteem, placing them in a position to enter Kindergarten with well-developed academic skills, social skills, and leadership abilities.
How is the Midstream Program different?
Our integrated Midstream curriculum allows students to gain new experiences, while tapping into their prior knowledge, adding to the children’s educational foundation. The Midstream year will provide an exposure to Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies with differentiated and age-appropriate instruction. Our small class size enables our teaching staff to personalize the instruction and tap into all of the students' learning styles. We also offer both Half-Day and Full-Day programs.
The children will also take part in special area classes such as Spanish, Technology, Art Appreciation, Humanities, Yoga and Physical Education. Full-Day students also incorporate "Sports Cycle" into their schedule, which includes Aquatics, Tennis, and Sport-Specific Physical Education.
How do I know if the Midstream Program is right for my child?
When deciding whether to give your child an additional year of schooling, try not to think about it as 'holding them back', but instead as an investment in their long-term academic goals. Our principle goal at Atlantis Preparatory School is to educate the whole child and enable students to gain additional self-esteem and move on to the next level as well-prepared, confident learners. Early childhood education can often dictate how a child performs all the way through high school. By the conclusion of the Midstream year, the students will be prepared for success in Kindergarten.
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You can also always reach us by phone at 732-528-5437!
What is 'Readiness?'
A child who listens
- To directions without interrupting
- To stories and poems for five to ten minutes without restlessness
A child who hears
- Words that rhyme
- Words that begin with the same sound or different sounds
A child who sees
- Likenesses and differences in pictures and designs
- Letters and words that match
A child who understands
- The relationship inherent in such words as up and down, top and bottom, over and under, little and big
- The classification of words that represent people, places, and things
A child who thinks and can
- Give the main idea of a story
- Give unique ideas and important details
- Give reasons for his/her opinions
A child who adjusts
- To changes in routine and to new situations without becoming fearful
- To opposition or defeat without crying or sulking
- To the necessity of asking for help when needed
A child who obeys
- Classroom rules as established by the teacher
- Safety rules on playground and school bus
- Fire drill rules quickly and quietly
A child who plays
- Cooperatively with other children
- Shares, takes turns, and assumes his share of group responsibility
- And can run, jump, skip, and bounce a ball with comparative dexterity
A child who works
- Without being easily distracted
- And follows directions
- And completes each task
- And takes pride in his/her work