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    It Happened at Raven's The Audrey Chapman Foundation Collaborates With Raven's

    Category: In The Classroom

    We are pleased to announce that the Audrey Chapman Foundation is collaborating with Raven’s After School to bring new programs to our students.  


    Travel The World: a language computer lab that was developed to teach students foreign languages.

    Digital Kids: Our computer classes are designed to integrate the student’s homework with Microsoft Word & PowerPoint.

    The Art Studio: the children will become immersed in cool clay, capturing their world with digital photography, building their painting and drawing skills, and much more…

    The Homework Center: is designed to work closely with students, assisting them with their daily homework assignments.


    11 December 2014, 18:02

    It Happened at Raven's Learning About Shapes For Preschoolers

    Category: In The Classroom

    Even babies can recognize the difference between a circle and square, using their sight and sense of touch to distinguish between them. However, learning the names of the different shapes is not an inborn ability, but it is a necessary step in your preschooler's education. Children need to learn the names of shapes so that they can identify them verbally and in writing and compare the various shapes and how they are used. These are basic skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

    Learning shapes helps your child identify objects as well as letters. Letters are made up of circles, triangles and lines - think of the circles in b, d, g, p, q, or the parts of a triangle found in k, v and w. Drawing the curved lines of a circle or oval shape helps your child to write letters such as f, u, m, n, j, and the lines in squares helps your child to write i, l, k, p, q and so on. Often, recognizing the shapes in the letters helps a child to recognize the letter too, important for developing reading skills.

    Drawing shapes is also the first step in learning how to draw. Almost anything can be broken down into shapes, such as a house, a cat, a book, a ball - they can all be drawn with simple shapes. This makes it easier for your child to progress from stick drawings to more detailed artworks - and if they have talent, they will use shapes to draw and paint in the future as well.

    Shapes are extremely important in basic and more advanced math. Most adults will immediately think of geometry, but shape patterns and spatial perception help your child to develop sequencing and logic skills that they will use later in their school career in subjects like calculus.

    We use shapes every day as adults, although we may not realize it. Think about rearranging the lounge furniture, cleaning out the kitchen cupboards or the refrigerator - all done according to the shape of the items in them, and how they will relate to each other. Road signs and markings make extensive use of different shapes, helping us to recognize them before we can actually read them.

    Learning about shapes includes learning about 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. A sphere, or ball, is a 3D circle, and has specific properties, such as the ability to roll, that some other shapes do not have. This is true of all shapes, and your child will be able to make this progression if his or her basic grounding is good.

    For kindergarten, children are expected to know the basic shapes, recognize them and identify how they form part of other items. They may also be expected to be able to draw the shapes - not perfectly, but certainly recognizably. There are many ways to encourage and help your child to learn about shapes.

    Because shapes are all around us, it is easy to play 'Find the Shape' at home, in the car, in the store and elsewhere. Select one shape at a time to concentrate on, rather than trying to find all the different shapes.

    A good set of worksheets for preschool will help your child recognize different shapes, see how they form part of other objects, and help them learn how to draw them. Drawing shapes is the precursor to learning how to write, and a good set of worksheets should take you step-by-step through this process until your child is drawing shapes on their own, free hand. Look out for worksheets that combine learning shapes with the use of different colors, as this is particularly effective in reinforcing the shape names.



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    15 October 2014, 21:11

    It Happened at Raven's AN APPLE A DAY

    Category: Education

    An apple a day! On October 7th, 2014 our students visited the Hurds Family Farm today and picked tons of treats!


    If you’re a ginger gold fan go picking in August. If you love royal galas and honey crisp be sure to visit early September.  If you love empire, they come out in mid-september. Their cortland apples will make a great apple sauce. Mid-season favorite apple varieties are Jonagolds and Golden delicious. Try the pride of NY new apple variety Snap Dragon in early October. Apple season grand finale trio features Fuji, Rome beauties, and flavorful ruby frost. Boy did we learn tons! 





    07 October 2014, 21:57

    It Happened at Raven's Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Education For Global Leadership

    Category: In The Classroom

    "... Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math."  — President Barack Obama, September 16, 2010

    The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields. 

    We. Are.Ready 



    29 August 2014, 14:38

    It Happened at Raven's Life Skills Every Child Should Learn.

    Category: In The Classroom


    Home Economics is an essential part of a child’s education. It involves the study of nutrition, cooking, interior decoration, textiles, gardening, money management and other useful aspects of home management.

    Raven’s School has incorporated Home Economics as an additional enrichment program in our curriculum. Home Economics is fun, hands on and stimulates the creativity of our students. Every class is a new adventure. Students incorporate many academic skills during classes. They practice such skills as observation, measurement, comparing and contrasting, sequencing and following directions. These skills are necessary for gaining proficiency in all academic areas. As our children participate they can make connections with what is done in the classroom with the real world.

    So far our students have learned to create menus, follow recipes to create nutritious snacks and organic juices, money management skills, and the importance of good nutrition in their daily lives. The highlight of their class is partaking of their creations.

    As the school year progresses, they will continue to learn many more life skills they can put into practice at home. These early life skills lay the foundation that will help our students to develop into competent and successful adults in years to come.


    Nursery Class

    Preschool Class


    Pre- Kindergarten Class

    Kindergarten Class



    05 November 2013, 14:42

    It Happened at Raven's Yoga for Kids at Raven's School

    Category: In The Classroom

    Our children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, malls, and competitive sports. We usually don't think of these influences as stressful for our kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children's lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy—and usually not for the better.

    Yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that's noncompetitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion—instead of opposition—is a great gift to give our children.

    Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. Doing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with the inner self, and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them. Yoga brings that marvelous inner light that all children have to the surface

    Here at Raven's School, our children experience the full benefits of Yoga weekly. It is wonderful to see the aftermath in our students once the Yoga session is complete. They are radiant, energetic, focused and ready to learn.

    They love it! For years to come as they continue to practice their poses, they will all say…

    It all happened at Raven’s!


    17 October 2013, 11:45

    It Happened at Raven's A July update!

    Category: Current Events

    What's been happening at Raven's? 

    We visited melody lanes for bowling, and had a pre fourth of July BBQ . Raven's students enjoy weekly themes! Our 2nd week was 'Movers & Shakers' with a focus on health and fitness. Our 3rd week was filled with excitement at Adventure! Last week was 'Wet & Wild' week with, school BBQ, our NYC 'Foot Tour' to the Museum of Natural History then ended our week at Lake Compounce in Connecticut . 

    Tell us about your summer:)



    22 July 2013, 15:16

    It Happened at Raven's Raven's Students in the News!

    Category: Science

    Raven's Students Makes The Canarsie Courier for their efforts of Beautification! 


    "After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here. To welcome spring and beautify the area, a group of neighborhood children planted flowers and veggies in a garden on East 92nd Street near Glenwood Road. The kids are anxiously waiting for their flowers to grow and are looking forward to eating veggies with their lunch." Canarsie Courier

    Please see the article here- The Canarsie Courier 




    02 May 2013, 13:27

    It Happened at Raven's Our Career Day!

    Category: Current Events

    Raven’s School’s staff, educators, faculty and our student body would love to thank you for being a part of our Career Day!

    April 19th, 2013 will be a day that our students will never forget as they were greeted by Police Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Engineers, Teachers, UPS Managers, Soldiers, Computer Technicians, Speech Therapists and more.

    We want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for our children and praise your work of promoting Education, Courage, Determination, Persistence and Dedication to these young minds.

    They are still talking about Career Day and the amazing individuals they met. 



     Thank you to the following individuals: 

    1. Ms. J Browne- Nurse, 2. Ms. Welcome- Nurse, 3. Mr. PierreNoel- Police Officer , 4. Ms. Hunter- Correction Officer 

    5. Ms. Rodriquez- Police Officer , 6. Ms. Fulton- Hospitality Director, 7. Mr. Doorn- UPS Manager, 8. Mr. Bryant- Computer Engineer

    9. Mr. Ogunjana- Doctor , 10. Mrs. Philippe- Social Worker, 11. Ms. Belizaire- Engineer , 12. Ms. Aida- Specual Education , 13. Mr. Will Quizhir- UPS Manager 

    02 May 2013, 10:27

    It Happened at Raven's Summer Camp

    Category: Camp

    The season of summer is the best time for children to have fun and explore the outdoors. Raven’s Day Camp offers an enriched and fun filled summer for all our campers. Campers participate in an exciting day trips, Arts and Craft, Weekly themed events, Themed Days, Dance and Sports activities. All campers also have a daily academic program for Mathematics and ELA for their upcoming grade levels.


     Here are some of the activities from last year’s Summer Camp that the Campers enjoyed immensely.

    Themed Events : Mardi Gras, Newspaper Fashion Show, Raven’s Camp Idol, Camp Jam, Raven’s Dance Off, Talent Show, Art Show

    Day Trips: NYC Foot Tour, Roller Skating, Bowling, Coney Island, Quassy Park, Adventure land.

    Dance: Modern, Hip-hop African, Step,

    Themed Days: Crazy hair, Blast from the past, Pajama Day, Bubble Fest, Criss Cross

    Sports Activities: Basket Ball, Soccer, Football Track and Field 




    03 April 2013, 12:43