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    2018-2019

    Mrs. Grahl & Mrs. Ocasio Room 142

    Mrs. Millan-Berdu & Mrs. Cruz Room 146

    Celebrating Diversity

    In the month of April, our children have been celebrating diversity through the use of multi-ethnic dolls. Thanks to a group of kind and generous donors, our classrooms were able to acquire a set of dolls that represent all races. Our goal is to increase cultural awareness and boost the children’s self-esteem in a fun and playful way. In addition, we received crutches, leg braces, hearing aids, and glasses that fit the dolls so the children can explore everyone’s different abilities. We introduced the dolls in large group settings and encouraged the students to talk about similarities and differences. We talked about how everyone is special and unique. Then we placed the dolls in the house area for the children to use during Work Time. Our students have been demonstrating honorable traits such as empathy and compassion as they role play and interact with one another.

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    Amanda LeFever & Lionel Marroquin   Room 134

    Think Pair Share

    February 2019

    The students from room 134 have been learning about pairs of objects. They started the lesson by reading the books, Missing Mittens and A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy. They later discussed the different pairs in the stories such as mittens, socks, twins, shoes, hair bows, hands, gloves, and even ears! To take the subject further they began to “Think, Pair, Share” during work time. The students each picked a shape and the student with the matching shape would be become “Pair of Friends” for work time. The students planned where they would work together, shared materials and ideas, and at the end they would tell the other students what they did together as a pair! The students enjoyed doing this activity and now “Think, Pair, Share.” is part of the classroom routine weekly!

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    Ms.Sader & Mrs. Faltas Room 131

    Math All the Time!!!

    November 2018

    During work time, students learn different mathematical concepts such as counting for a purpose, identifying numbers, identifying shapes in the environment, etc. These meaningful play experiences also engage students in peer to peer discussion and fine motor development.

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     Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Belit  Room 118

    Mrs. Arbelo & Mrs. Renjifo  Room 122

    Harvest Hunt

    In October, the children used Math, Science and Literacy to learn about the Harvest. We began by doing a home connection activity where the students and their families were encouraged to go on a Harvest Hunt at home. We read books such as Apple Farmer Annie, Fall, A is for Autumn, Read Leaf Yellow Leaf, Apples, Let it Fall, Patty’s Pumpkin Patch, Apples and Pumpkins, Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie, From Seed to Pumpkin and It’s Fall in order to learn about fall, harvest, planting, and farms. We observed different types of leaves, apples, pumpkins, etc. We compared/contrasted the similarities/differences and documented our findings in our science journals. Furthermore, we explored using our 5 senses as we performed science experiments by tasting apples, carving pumpkins and planting apple, pepper and pumpkin seeds in the classroom. The children asked questions and later answered their own questions as they investigated. We completed K/W/L charts to monitor our learning and created math & literacy charts as we learned more. We drew pictures to illustrate what we comprehended from the stories and documented our work in science journals throughout the entire process.

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    Mrs. Alvarez & Mrs. Orozco Room 123

    Week of Respect

    During the week of October 1st., the students from room 123 worked on a variety of activities to celebrate the Week of Respect. Students were treated to a special reading of the story “Hands Are Not for Hitting” by guest reader Mrs. Beaty, our school Social Worker. Throughout the reading, students were invited to answer open ended questions. Afterwards, they drew an illustration of their favorite part to discuss what they use their hands for.

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    Mrs. Aleixo & Mrs. Delgado Room 128

    Exploring our School Garden

    During the week of October 1st., the students from room 128 explored our school garden.   They were excited to see what changes had occurred to the vegetables since their last visit in late June.   The students were able to see and touch some of the vegetables such as the cherry tomatoes, green peppers, egg plants, squash, regular tomatoes, and peppers.  They were excited to bring some of the vegetables and herbs grown in the garden back to the classroom. Some of the exploring with vegetables included cutting an egg plant and discovering it had no seeds. They also explored three peppers.  They have been tracking the growth of a basil plant and documenting the changes. They are excited to continue to learn about vegetables utilizing this amazing space in our school.

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    2017-2018

    Mrs. Yuelling & Mrs. Santiago Room 147

    Mrs. Torres & Mrs. Osnayo Room 151

    Exploring the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

    During the month of May, rooms 147 and 151 explored insects. Children investigated using books, science tools, insects, and technology-based learning using Ipads. They created charts, webs, and drawings of what they learned about insects. Many children asked questions and made predictions during their investigations. The students were able to observe the stages of a butterfly right before their eyes!! They were encouraged to use the new vocabulary they have learned throughout the investigation and reporting process. Once the butterflies are ready, they will be released in our school garden. In the meantime, the children will continue to explore insects in the classroom as well as during outdoor play experiences.

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    Mrs. Grahl & Mrs. Ocasio   Room 142

    Mrs. Millan & Mrs. Cruz   Room 146

    Life Cycle of Birds

    The students in rooms 142 and 146 have been very busy learning about the life cycle of birds during the month of April. The teachers introduced the subject by choosing to read the book, My Goose Betsy in both English and Spanish. The children learned how the main character, Betsy prepares her nest, lays her eggs, keeps them warm, and then watches them hatch. On April 10th, the children attended a school assembly where Quiver Farms visited to teach them about chickens. They brought a hen and a rooster and then left an incubator with 12 eggs so that the students can monitor the growth of baby chicks. The students checked in on the eggs daily to observe any changes. Finally, the eggs hatched and the children were delighted to see live chicks right in their own school. The two classes also engaged in other related activities while waiting for the eggs to hatch. The teachers read many other books about birds and brainstormed a list of other animals that lay eggs. They also drew about their learning experience in their Science journals and created 3D representations.

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    Ms. Valente & Mrs. Remelgado Room 141

    Mrs. Sanchez & Mrs. Zapata  Room 145

    Read Across America Week

    During the month of March, our students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by commemorating many of his books. Rooms 141 and 145 read “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut” a fun book with rhyming and silly words. The teachers reinforced a variety of concepts by working on hands on activities throughout the week. They were also invited to select a book from their Dr. Seuss library and read with their eyes shut. In the end it was unanimous, you really Can’t read with your eyes shut.

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    Mrs. LeFever & Mr. Marroquin  Room 134

    Shadows

    On February 2nd., Groundhog’s Day, the students from room 134 & 138 did a light experiment to investigate shadow predictions. The students learned the “Groundhog Day Poem” that taught them that if the groundhog saw his shadow he would get scared and go back in his burrow and there would be six more weeks of winter. The poem also taught the students that if it was cloudy the groundhog would not see his shadow and would stay outside to play and spring would come soon. The students made predictions if the groundhog would see his shadow or not. They discussed how light makes shadows. Then, they we went on a nature walk to investigate and explore the shadows outside. They saw their shadows and the students concluded that there would be six more weeks of winter. They also traced and colored in their friend’s shadow after they reported on what they had learned in their journals.

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    Mrs. Villar & Mrs. Seara     Room 138

    Celebrating Black History Month

    As part of Black History Month, the students from Mrs. Villar’s class learned about Garrett Morgan the inventor of the Traffic Light. The students enjoyed making their own traffic lights as they learned the meaning of each color light. Red (Stop), Yellow (Slow down) and Green (Go). During work time, they utilized their new prop to engage in meaningful play experiences to enhance their learning.

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    Ms. Sader & Mrs. Faltas   Room 131

    Measurement

    (Home/School Connection Activity)

    Students in Ms. Sader’s class spend a lot of time in the classroom measuring objects. Students directly compare the attributes of length, area and weight in meaningful ways during work time throughout the day. In the month of January, Ms. Sader extended their learning by encouraging parents to do similar investigations in the home. Students gather objects in the home and compare similar attributes, count, and write numbers for a purpose.

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    Mrs. Aleixo & Mrs. Delgado Room 128

    Exploring a Pumpkin

    During the month of November, the students from room 128 started a project on Pumpkins.  They began by reading numerous books and later exploring different types of pumpkins. Students explored different size pumpkins in the Math and Science Area. They also explored numerous mathematical concepts utilizing the pumpkins. They ended their project by carving a pumpkin. During this activity, the students made predictions, investigated and later reported on their inquiries.

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    Fall Scavenger Hunt

    (A Home/School Connection)

    Mrs. Kokoszka & Mrs. Torres  Room 124

    During the month of October, Mrs. Kokoszka’s class went on a Fall Scavenger Hunt. Mrs. Kokoszka sent home a Fall Scavenger checklist for students to collect with their families. Students and their parents were encouraged to spend some time at a local park to gather materials from nature to bring to school. Students then presented their findings one by one to the class. One student even completed a nature book ensuring that all materials were labeled in English and in Spanish.  We organized all the materials such as twigs, acorns, leaves, flowers, rocks and bark into separate bins and placed them in our Science Area for students to explore and enjoy throughout the year. Thank you to all our parents who participated and helped their children with this project. In addition to sharing all their findings, students also shared some fun memories they made with their families.

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    Exlporing Pumpkins

    Mr. Kong  & Mrs. DeLaRoca  Room 119

    Mrs. Alvarez & Mrs. Orozco  Room 123

    During large group time, students from room 119 and room 123 explored the different parts of a pumpkin. They worked on a K/W/L chart, explaining what they know, what they want to know, and what they learned about the pumpkin. Students used their 5 senses for this activity as they dissected the pumpkin. Students cleaned out the pumpkin to get it ready for carving. They washed and dried the seeds to get them ready for planting. While working with the pumpkin, the students were exposed to the concepts of sorting, counting, colors, size, and shapes.

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    Math All the Time!

    Ms. Sader & Mrs. Faltas   Room 131

    During work time, the students from room 131 were encouraged to explore the different areas of the classroom.  During these experiences, the students learned different mathematical concepts such as counting for a purpose, identifying numbers, identifying shapes in the environment, etc. These meaningful play experiences also engaged students in peer to peer discussions and addressed fine motor development.  Teachers asked to be part of the students play experiences to extend language development and build on students' strengths so that optimal learning could take place.

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    2016-2017

    Exploring the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

    Mrs. Yuelling & Mrs. Santiago Room 147

    Mrs. Torres &  Mrs. Osnayo  Room 151

    During the month of May, the students from rooms 147 and 151 explored insects. They investigated using books, science tools, insects, and Ipads. They created charts, webs, and drawings of what they knew about insects. Many of the students asked questions and made predictions during their investigations. The students were able to observe the stages of a butterfly right in front of their eyes.  They used many new vocabulary words learned throughout the month. During their investigation, the students documented new information in their Science Journals. Once the butterflies were ready, they were released. This investigation sparked new interests in exploring insects inside and outside of the classroom.

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    Robots

    Mrs. Grahl & Mrs. Ocasio  Room 142

    Mrs. Millan-Berdu & Mrs. Cruz   Room 146

    Students from rooms 142 and 146 have been very busy learning about robots over the last several months.  Some students showed an interest in the topic while playing in the block area during work time.  The teachers noticed that they enjoyed constructing robots with many different types of blocks.  Mrs. Millan and Mrs. Grahl discussed what they had observed and asked the children if they would be interested in learning more about robots.  As to their expectations, they were and launched the “Robot Project Approach”. 

       They began a research project by filling in a KWL chart. First, the children discussed everything they already knew about robots.  Next, they shared what they wanted to know more about. The teachers found fictional and non-fictional books about robots at the public library and shared them with the class.  The teachers also led the children in a large group research activity using the internet to find more answers to their questions.  The teachers documented the responses to their questions utilizing the information found in the books and internet and later completed the chart.

         The students were involved in many hands-on activities during the robot project.  The children designed personal robots out of 2D shapes on paper while others chose to build 3D robots utilizing materials from the beautiful junk collection in the art areas.  Many children continued to construct robots using blocks in the block area or at the small toy table with smaller pieces.  In addition, the students enjoyed dancing and moving like robots during large group activities.  The teachers and students are looking forward to one last upcoming activity which will be a visit from an “expert” in the subject who will be bringing in a robot vacuum cleaner and demonstrating how it works.

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    The Little Red Hen

    Ms. Valente & Mrs. Remelgado  Room 141

    Mrs. Sanchez & Mrs. Zapata   Room 145

    During the third week in March, students from Room 141 and 145 read the book; “The Little Red Hen” by Paul Galdone. The Little Red Hen is a book about a little red hen, a cat, a dog and a mouse who live together. While the mouse, the dog and the cat slept the little red hen did all the work around the house including baking a cake. This book teaches the importance of working together and helping each other. As a result, we decided to bake a cake and work together to measure, add the ingredients and mix the cake. In the end, we all enjoyed a delicious cake made by everyone.

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    Winter Animals Habitats

    Mrs. LeFever & Mr. Marroquin   Room 134

    Mrs. Villar & Mrs. Seara    Room 138

    In February the students in rooms 134 and 138 began learning about animal habitats and what animals do in the winter. We read the book Animals in Winter and were introduced to the words migrate, hibernate, hunt and gather. With each new vocabulary word, we associated it with the animals that do these different things in the winter. The parents were asked to use different items from around their homes to create a place for an animal to live in winter. Some students made igloos, bird houses, caves, and barns. All of the projects were shared with their classmates during large group time where we come together to discuss what we are learning in the classroom. The projects were a huge success and the students were photographed with their work and it was proudly displayed in the school’s rotunda.

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    Shadows

    Mrs. LeFever & Mr. Marroquin   Room 134

    Mrs. Villar & Mrs. Seara    Room 138

    In Quad 3 the students celebrated Groundhog’s Day with a special shadow experiment. We learned a special Groundhog’s Day poem, made predictions if we thought spring was coming or if there would be more winter, we made burrows for our animals, and then made our own groundhogs. On February 2 we observed the weather forecast and each of our groundhogs saw their shadows which meant six more weeks of winter. The students extended the activity on the playground making their own shadows dance in the sun.

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    Graphing

     Ms. Sader & Mrs. Faltas  Room 131

     Throughout the school day, the students in room 131 work on a variety of mathematical concepts during meaningful play experiences.  The teachers support their learning by reinforcing the concept of counting throughout their exploratory play in the different areas of the classroom.  In particular, graphing is a great way to collect and visually organize information.  During small group time on January 6th, the children utilized mini cars and raceway mats to sort, count and help children develop this critical math skill.   

      

     Saying “Good-Bye” to Fall and

     “Hello” to Winter with the

     Gingerbread Man!

     Mrs. Wilkes & Mrs. Clayton Room 125

     Mrs. Liquori & Mrs. Rodriguez Room 129

     In preparation for the season’s change to Winter, rooms 125 and 129 began discussing weather changes, holidays/events to come, and reading books themed around Winter time.  One topic in particular peaked our students’ interests…Gingerbread Men! We began by reading “The Gingerbread Man” retold by Catherin McCafferty.  Our students enjoyed the story so much that we continued with this theme throughout our daily routine.  Students had the opportunity to make their own gingerbread cookies and had a blast decorating them! For math, students identified numbers, quantity, and used that to determine how many buttons to glue onto their gingerbread men. They also took on the role as mini authors and took turns creating alternate endings to the classic Gingerbread Man story.  The students especially enjoyed reading the different variations of the story, for example, “The Gingerbread Boy Goes to School” and “The Gingerbread Girl”.   

       

     

      Mixing Ingredients

     Mrs. Aleixo & Mrs. Delgado   Room 128

      On November 21st., Mrs. Aleixo prepared a large salad for our yearly “Friendsgiving Luncheon.” As she mixed the ingredients, a student, who was the lunch helper asked if she could assist.  As she began to pour the dressing she asked, "What is inside the bottle?"  The teacher responded, "Olive oil and vinegar.”  The student soon became intrigued on the changes that occurred when mixing the ingredients.  The student said, "Look, now is not red and green like before, now is all green". Her interest sparked a Science lesson on what happens temporarily when you mix the two and how they eventually separate into two layers.  

      

     

     All About Pumpkins

     Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Belit Room 118

     Mrs. Arbelo & Mrs. Renjifo  Room 122

      In October, the children used Math, Science and Literacy to learn about pumpkins. We read books such as Patty’s Pumpkin Patch, Apples and Pumpkins, Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie, From Seed to Pumpkin and 5 Little Pumpkins in order to learn about fall, harvest, planting, and farms. We observed different types of pumpkins, compared and contrasted them and documented our findings in our science journals. Furthermore, we explored using our 5 senses as we performed science experiments by carving pumpkins and planting pumpkin seeds in the classroom. The children asked questions and later answered their own questions as they investigated pumpkins. We then counted and created addition equations using the seeds. We completed a K/W/L chart to monitor our learning and created math & literacy charts as we learned more. We continued to use our 5 senses to observe, investigate and report on pumpkins. We drew pictures to illustrate what we comprehended from the stories and documented our work in science journals throughout the entire process.

                         

                      

     

     Scientific Exploration

     Mr. Kong & Mrs. DeLaRoca  Room 119

     During the week of October 17th., the students in room 119 learned how to make playdough with soap and flour during a small group science activity.  During the experimental process students observed, predicted and reported on what they saw.  They had the opportunity to use their senses to experience the texture and smell of flour and soap, and both mixed together. Finally, they played with their freshly made playdough, making shapes and working on their fine motor skills.

     

     

     Make time for Play

     Ms. Sader & Mrs. Faltas   Room 131

     Play in preschool provides young children with valuable learning opportunities.  Offering opportunities to explore, investigate and analyze in a warm, safe, caring environment that embraces diversity while exposed to many developmentally appropriate practices ensures that the needs of all the students’ are met and optimal learning occurs.  Students and teachers gather together to discuss their play experiences during recall time.  Teachers scaffold their learning by asking open ended questions to encourage them to think deeper as well as foster language development. September 2016