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district she inherited in 2009
One cannot thank former Early Childhood Director Jessica Peters or former Superintendent Jack Raslowsky enough for their efforts or the many Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and aides that were also responsible for "Tools" coming to Hoboken and making it a success. Notably, Tools of the Mind remains the Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum as of this day in the Hoboken School District as well as in many innovative and research based programs around the State of New Jersey and the country. -Dr. Petrosino
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRESCHOOL TOOLS OF THE MIND CLASSROOM The following pictures depict some of the daily activities
There are opportunities to socialize during snack and lunch each day.
"In both my children (one son is in the 3 year old Mile Square program and one is in the 4 year old HOPES program) I have seen a marked increase in the use of their imagination and pretend play. I have also seen more structured thinking in the approach to play. Both boys come home each day with "play plans" complete with pictures drawn by them and a description of what they will be doing (I am going to sand area to play, I am going to play with table toys, I am going to make a circle).
Because of this my older son craves this same structure at home on his weekends and times away from the classroom. He will frequently ask me "what are we going to do today" and will then draw a picture of what our plans are. (We are going to the supermarket, Daddy and I are going to Dunkin Donuts.) For him this structure and pre-planning for play seems to be extremely beneficial as he has a tendency to be rather impulsive and unfocused. Drawing a picture and writing a simple descriptive sentence helps him stay focused and on track and allows him to play more effectively.
On the other end my younger son who has been diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified also benefits from the planned play. He thrives in an environment that has structure so for him this program has been extremely beneficial. There are no surprises which allows him to focus better on the activity at hand. It also helps him work on his speech and his social skills.
Overall I am extremely pleased that Tools Of The Mind Curriculum has been implemented here in Hoboken. We are only half way through the year and I have already seen the beneficial results of the program. I look forward to what else is to come!"
"I want to thank you for all the work you are doing in respect to early childhood, using the new program. My son has been attending Mile square for 2 years prior to new program; I really see the difference between the two.
Thank you for your vision and I am so excited that Andrew is part of it. The new program is building a strong academic foundation for his future! Thank you for showing your commitment to children!"
"We are very pleased with the Hoboken public school early childhood development program. Our son has progressed significantly in the time that he has participated in the PreK-4 program. We can see that the Tools of the Mind curriculum has helped our son to think about planning ahead and communicating.