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Friday- Last day of school

Thank you all for such a lovely school year. We had so much fun bonding with and growing with your children this year. They are so special to us and will always be imprinted in our hearts. We wish you all a very happy summer filled with more adventures! Keep in touch, we will miss all of you very much. 

Love, Rachel & Janaris

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Thursday- "When I was ready, I came from my Mommy's tummy." -Samuel

Happy Thursday! We had a fun morning filled with lots of dramatic play! For some reason, everyone thought Rachel needed to have lots of shots. But Samuel figured out a way to make her feel better after her inoculations- chocolate pancakes! And Zara made some delicious soup to make Rachel feel better, too. Then we went to the "store" and bought "ice cream" so we could all feel better! So many adventures held in the 2A classroom. 

Have a lovely afternoon & we will see you tomorrow for our very last day of the school year!

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Wednesday- Field day at Washington Market Park!

What a fun morning!! Thank you so much for all of your help and care while we were at the park having a blast! We hope you had as much fun as we did (and that you had a great nap time!!!)

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Tuesday- "Do you want to see my great trick with the ball?" - Samuel, in the gym

Thank you so much to all of you for joining us this morning to celebrate our amazing school year! We had so much fun seeing you and sharing some yummy food and treats together. We hope the kids all liked their presents and we hope they are things you can enjoy using all summer long. 

Tomorrow is FIELD DAY!! You can either drop off normally at 9 and come back at 9:45 to walk with us to the park, or you can meet us at the Washington Market Park at 10:00. If you've signed up to bring food, please bring it with you to the park. Remember to have your child in a bathing suit as there will be water activities. It's going to be SO much fun! 10-12 tomorrow.

 

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Monday- "Oh look it's scissors!" -Angelo

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Monday- "Oh look it's scissors!" -Angelo

This morning we got to revisit some of our favorite activities as we wind down for the year. We did more cutting practice with scissors, finger painting, repeating our music note experiment with various glass jars with different levels of water, and lots of magna-tiles! 

Don't forget- our class party is tomorrow from 11-12- please come if you can. And if you haven't, please let us know if you can bring in some food. Thanks! We're still collecting money for pizza, too.

Wednesday is field day at Washington Market Park from 10-12. If you cannot attend with your child, please let us know today. Thank you.

Books & Songs

  • During lunch we listened to a bunch of stories! We listened to Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes, A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea, The Three Little Pigs, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • We also read a lot of stories throughout the day: The Little Engine that Could, The Tiny Seed, The Three Little Pigs and more. 
  • We listened to our favorite song- Ole moliba mokasi, an African song from the Putamayo collection. 

Art & Sensory

  • Scissor practice
  • Painting with tempera paints
  • Painting in ziplock bags
  • Finger painting

Math & Manipulatives

  • Acrylic preserved insects on the light table
  • Train tracks
  • Hollow blocks
  • Magna-tiles

Music Study

  • We are working on a final music project video and had to re-create some sounds for the final video today! We got to do really fun things like dumping out legos and making sounds through cardboard tubes. 
  • We also got to play with different jars of water and a metal spoon to listen to the different music notes. 

Dramatic Play

Movement

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Thursday- "We did it! We did it! We not did it . . ." -Angelo (putting the "house" together in the gym)

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Thursday- "We did it! We did it! We not did it . . ." -Angelo (putting the "house" together in the gym)

This morning we debuted Fish Station with our two functioning subway cars! Everyone enjoyed being able to go in and out of the subway while we listened to the actual recorded sounds of the NYC subway system! Thanks for stopping by to see our work. Tomorrow every class will have a display ready in the Pre-K classroom (in the front of the school). 

In addition to subway play, we also explored model magic with colorful sticks and made a lot of birthday cakes! We did some color mixing with red, blue and yellow paint. We made drawings with colored pencils and markers. And we continued with our tradition of making "picnics" in the kitchen! 

*Photos were not loading again- so sorry!!! I will upload them ASAP*

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Wednesday- "But I like Mama Papa Station." -Juliet

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Wednesday- "But I like Mama Papa Station." -Juliet

Our subway station has an official name: The Fish Station! With four votes, it's our winner. Mama Papa Station was a close second! 

We can't wait to show you our recycled cardboard pieces, and our lovely subway mosaics tomorrow. We also have cardboard Metrocards ready and waiting for everyone to come aboard!

Books & Songs

  • Look and Find Peter Rabbit, The Little Engine that Could, Giraffes Can't Dance

Art & Sensory

  • Painting our pink subway car
  • Working on Father's day presents
  • Drawing with markers

Math & Manipulatives

  • Puzzles
  • Legos
  • Magna-tiles
  • Bristle blocks

Dramatic Play

  • Lots of cooking in the kitchen today- we even cooked some "bugs!!"
  • Taking care of our stuffed animals and giving them check ups. 
  • Picnics

Movement

We had our last soccer class today!

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Extra Monday Photos

Here are some of the photos missing from yesterday's blog:

Tuesday- "We paintin' the subway blue!" -Joseph

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Tuesday- "We paintin' the subway blue!" -Joseph

This morning we painted our first subway car blue, and tomorrow we'll finish the pink one! We can't wait to show you all of our hard work on Thursday and Friday. We'll be adding some lights to our subway cars and plan to have some sounds involved as well.

Books & Songs

  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear; Polar Bear, Polar Bear; The Little Engine That Could
  • We listened to more Vivaldi music today

Art & Sensory

  • Making butterflies! Since this is one of our favorite things to do, we revisited this activity since our days are winding down. 
  • Painting with watercolor palettes
  • Painting the subway 
  • Gluing circles of patterned paper

Math & Manipulatives

  • Magna-tiles
  • Trains and tracks

Movement

There was a big comfy bean bag in the gym today- we took advantage and had snuggle breaks during our busy movement play! We also had the car available and everyone took some interesting car rides!

Dramatic Play

  • Picnics, dress up, and trying on each other's boots!

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Monday- "I making these for Ines. We can't eat them or Ines will be angry!" -Angelo as he worked on the pre-k gift

Monday- "I making these for Ines. We can't eat them or Ines will be angry!" -Angelo as he worked on the pre-k gift

Hi families- for some reason the completed blog disappeared today so here is an abridged version!

This morning we entered the classroom and found a subway car! Dylan immediately asked, "Why is there no blue one? Why is there no pink one?" Last week we decided to paint our subways pink and blue, which we will get to tomorrow. Today was all about exploring and going on subway adventures. We also started to vote on what our station will be called- we have a three way tie right now, hopefully tomorrow we'll get some conclusive results!

We also worked on making a special treat for the pre-k class. We made chocolate dipped pretzels with sprinkles. After lunch, we each got to taste one too! 

If you haven't already- please consider signing up to help us during our field day next week :) Thanks!!

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Friday- Walk through the park

This morning was busy at BMS- the four and five year olds were busy graduating!! We took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed out to the park to take some photos. Everything was so interesting to us today! We talked about airplanes and where they might be going. We talked about how different birds have different names, like pigeons and sparrows. There were plenty of flowers to notice, and colors! Plus, some were short and some were very tall. We even saw a gardener making holes for more plants at the park! While we were there, we stopped at the gazebo to take some special photos- I'll only include some of the "outtakes" since the best ones are for a surprise! 

Please note that a couple of kids from our class have gotten some high fevers without any other symptoms this week- it seems to pass in a day or two, and appears to be viral. 

Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday- Evan's last day with us!

We had our very last music with Evan today! We had a great time making music and dancing with him. 

We also worked on our June self portraits. We can't believe their our last ones for the school year!

(Sorry for short blog- we had a busy day today with filming happening at the school and tomorrow is Pre-K graduation!) Back to normal tomorrow. Have a lovely evening!

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Wednesday- "I'm making it for the baby. The baby crib!" - Joseph, building with magna-tiles

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Wednesday- "I'm making it for the baby. The baby crib!" - Joseph, building with magna-tiles

We are diving head first into our subway project this week as we get ready for our big "art opening" next week! Everyone has taken a turn sitting down and drawing his or her own subway (or variation thereof). We are also starting to come up with some names for our classroom station stop. We'll put this up to a vote tomorrow and Friday but here are the latest suggestions:

Number 8 Station- Juliet

D Station- Dylan

The Police Station- Angelo

The Bus Station- Zara

Fish Station- Olli

The Station- Joseph

Blue Station- Bowen

Mama Papa Station- Charlie

Subway Train Station- Samuel

And here are some snippets of conversation from our drawing sessions:

"Yellow train. One on the train, the line is the one. There's a rainbow! Now a purple train," Bowen announced as she added different layers of color to her drawing. 

"It's the Number A train," Juliet decided. "The 2 train. It's going away to pick more people up." 

Samuel said, "The subway, I'm making. The train station. It's a green train. I'm making my train as a rainbow. My one will be a rainbow train." 

As soon as we sat down, Joseph said, "I want to make the subway!" Olli watched him work and was eager for his own turn. As soon as he grabbed his paper, he shouted, "CHOO CHOO!"

"I'm going to draw the purple train. It's leaving," Zara said. 

Angelo decided, "The train is going to the police."

And Dylan said "I'm going to draw the blue one. I'm riding the subway. The yellow is the D train."

Books & Songs

  • Some of the many books we read today include: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, It's Summertime, Giraffes Can't Dance, On My Way to the Bath and more!

Art & Sensory

  • Yellow paint on cardboard to start making our own metrocards
  • Beading work
  • Drawing our subway/train images
  • Sandbox

Math & Manipulatives

  • Magna-tiles
  • Train tracks
  • Building kit
  • Legos
  • Pegs

Movement

  • An obstacle course in the gym!

Dramatic Play

  • Zara and Joseph gave Juju a haircut

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Tuesday- "It's so much fun when you stand me up on the ball!"- Zara

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Tuesday- "It's so much fun when you stand me up on the ball!"- Zara

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Friday- "We all stay home for Mario day?" - Zara (discussing why we don't have school Monday)

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Friday- "We all stay home for Mario day?" - Zara (discussing why we don't have school Monday)

One of Angelo's candid photos.

We hope everyone has a lovely Memorial day weekend filled with BBQs and family time. We'll see everyone on Tuesday. 

Dylan's favorite shot today was of his own foot!

Books & Songs

  • The Little Engine that Could, Polar Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Isabella came to make music with us today. We listened to the African song (Oh le le) and we rowed our boats down the river so we could plant some seeds. We spoke about Do, Re, Mi, and played them on the xylophone. We also got to try out a thumb piano! 

Art & Sensory

  • We painted our subway map today
  • Drawing with oil pastels and solid tempera sticks
  • Angelo, Dylan and Juju took some photos with the camera today

Math & Manipulatives

  • Dylan made a subway turnstile with blocks so he could swipe his metrocard.
  • Building train tracks
  • Magna-tiles

Dramatic Play

  • Zara and Juju made up a game together where Zara kept covering Juju's legs with a blanket. 
  • Filling up purses and bags and carrying them around the classroom
  • Playing with a watering can around the class
  • Using different stuffed animals. Olli was very interested in the baby bird puppet, and the ducks today. 

Movement

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Thursday- "Dylan, where did you come from?" -Rachel "I came from the jump!" -Dylan (in the gym)

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Thursday- "Dylan, where did you come from?" -Rachel "I came from the jump!" -Dylan (in the gym)

This morning we were very focused and content in our work. We started to create some drawings of our families. Everyone was so excited to give details to their Mommies, Daddies and siblings. We can't wait to reveal these special portraits soon. We also did more work toward our subway station. We started to create a subway map with plenty of lines. And we made another mosaic tile collaborative piece. Next week we are hoping to start creating our subway, but we are still looking for a giant box! 

(Sorry for limited pictures today- we were so involved with listening to your children's stories and conversations that photos took the back burner today). 

Books & Songs

  • Giraffe's Can't Dance, Polar Bear Polar Bear, Look! Peter Rabbit, Spot's ABCs, The Little Engine that Could
  • Lots of instrument play today

Art & Sensory

  • Map creation- drawing with black crayons
  • Family portraits / Samuel was being very silly while drawing his portrait. He noticed that he had drawn a lot of dots on the bottom of his paper and said, "My eye ball popped off!" and then, "My belly and belly button popped off, too!" / In Juju's portrait, she made sure to include her cat, Meow Meow. / Every time Charlie drew the mouth on one of her family members, she would start laughing. 
  • Mosaic tile (clay with ceramic tiles)
  • Painting

Math & Manipulatives

  • 12pc jigsaw puzzle
  • Magna-tiles and a continuation of cooperative play and sharing
  • Experimenting with various fabric swatches- Olli was especially interested in filling different things with the fabric (boots, bags, pots, etc.). It's also good for color and pattern recognition. 

Shared Snack

We had our shared snack today, because it was Kedar's morning to bring snack (and he's not in school on Fridays). We had some yummy tortilla chips with guacamole. Then, after lunch, we had a mini cupcake. Thank you Kedar for bringing us such yummy snacks today. 

Movement

Jumping, running "laps," throwing balls to one another, practicing kicking soccer balls . . .

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Wednesday- "We building our house out of magna-tiles and the Big Bad Wolf can't get in." -Angelo

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Wednesday- "We building our house out of magna-tiles and the Big Bad Wolf can't get in." -Angelo

We have been getting better and better with cooperative play and sharing. Today I sat with Joseph, Angelo, Juliet and Dylan and watched (and only facilitated a little) as they interacted and built with magna-tiles together. They are getting more patient with each other, are able to ask and answer questions from each other, and willingly share the tiles that they have when it's been established that the group effort is to build rather than take apart/destroy. Everyone was being very gentle and friendly!

Books & Songs

  • Paddington at the Beach, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, The Little Engine That Could, The Truck is Stuck, Polar Bear, Baby Bear, Panda Bear, Spot's ABCs and more
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb, ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle

Art & Sensory

  • Ice paint (with orange oil)- it melted so quickly, most of us didn't get to play with it as ice! 
  • Gluing triangles of all different colors
  • Scissor practice with index cards
  • Finger painting
  • Beading
  • Stamp markers

Math & Manipulatives

  • Train tracks
  • Building with magna-tiles
  • Legos

Soccer Class

 

Dramatic Play

  • Taking care of babies

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Tuesday- "I didn't go on the airplane, my brother did!" -Samuel

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Tuesday- "I didn't go on the airplane, my brother did!" -Samuel

Dylan tried to take some photos of his brother this morning. 

Books & Songs

  • Press Here (our new favorite story- we'll have to get the follow-up, Mix It Up), No More Bottles for Bunny, Polar Bear, Panda Bear, Baby Bear  . . .

French

  • Florence brought a story about a little bunny who jumped in many different paint colors- and he washed them off so many times the shower stopped working! Since he kept jumping into the paints, he ended up being a brown bunny. 
  • We sang "if you're happy and you know it" in French, and "ring around the rosy." 

Art & Sensory

  • Sand table
  • Drawing with crayons and colored pencils
  • Watercolor painting

Math & Manipulatives

  • Building castles with magna-tiles
  • Legos
  • Blocks with translucent colors

Dramatic Play

  • Making soup
  • Dressing up

Movement