"I like how the words feel in my brain"

Happy literacy week! 

Thank you all for your participation in literacy week! It was a great success. Our focus on Andrea Beaty's series of STEAM stories has brought about amazing creations, quotes and critical thinking experiences. 

In addition to reading Ada Twist Scientist, Rosie Revere Engineer and Iggy Peck Architect we had two special guest readers! Thanks Sue and Holly for bringing in some of your favorite children's books. Another big thanks to the Lamba family for supplying out T-themed shared snack. Tea, Tangerines and Turkish chocolate inspired conversations about words that start with T, as well as some of our favorite foods. 

Check out some photos and quotes from our week of problem solving, story telling, writing and reading focused on three amazing books 


School Community, Care and Commerce

Happy Friday! 

Thanks for your patience while we took some time away from the blog to focus on portfolios and curriculum.

Our curriculum focus on inventions has inspired the children to develop and practice innovation, problem solving and group processes. This week they took ownership of the curriculum and had some amazing suggestions for future projects. 

Project Ideas, some of which are already underway: 

  • Class clothing store
  • Class food store
  • Class currency 
  • Playing musical instruments for the babies 
  • Bubble art 
  • Seasons 
  • Wishes for spring
  • "Force field" gymnastics
  • Slow down, quiet and open/closed signs
  • make slime and play dough everyday 

The Pre-K Clothing and Shoe Store

Cashier(s): Luke K. and James

Manager(s): Sophia and Caleb/Calin

Store Greeter: Grant 

Customer: Cian, Syd, Annabel, Cooper, Ben, Luke M., Aayush, Asha

Visiting Infant A

"We should sing them a song" -James

"And play music to them" -Ben

"With the guitars" -Cooper

"But we have to play it quiet, babies will get scared of loud music" -Sophia 

"Yeah, and only baby songs" -Caleb

S is for...

Shared Snack and string cheese

Sensory Science  







Questions, History and Community

Happy Friday! 

We have so many amazing quotes and questions from this week's exploration of community, inventions and history. Wednesday's beautiful weather and bright sun illuminated Pre-K curiosities about New York City buildings. While we were having a parachute picnic party in AT&T square the class had the following conversation that sparked a building research question project:

Cian: Why is it called the freedom tower?? 

Grant: The stick lights up at night in winter, on top of the freedom tower. What’s that for? 

Caleb: Why do you call buildings buildings? 

Sophia: Why are house called houses? 

Luke M: Because people want to make good names for buildings and houses in the city. 

Luke K: Why this tower have no windows? 

James: The windows are on the other side.

Cian: No when I come to school I don’t see windows on the other side.

Luke M: They don’t want to be distracted from work. 

Caleb: Why are there bags on the trees? 

Cian: Someone was holding them and they let them go. What is that white thing called on top of the building? 

Asha: Why does the air conditioning blow air and also why does the sky have clouds? 

Luke M: Clouds are important because they let snow and rain come down.

Teaching 2A how to "Have a party"

As we explore the concepts of community, teamwork and teaching the Pre-K class has developed a flow of ideas and conversation. They gracefully share their knowledge, take turns "in the spotlight" and develop problem solving skills alongside their peers. 

One such conversation sparked our plans for visiting and "teaching" 2A: 

James: Morgan wans  to put her clothes on by herself

Caleb: I'm gonna teach them how to dress up!

Sophia: I'm gonna teach them how to put on a headband.

Cian: I'm gonna teach Nico how to dress up!

Grant: I'm gonna teach them how to wear a crown and to drink out a water bottle. 

Luke K.: I teach them to feed Kiki Blub Blub and clean up. 

Caleb: And we need a dance runway

Asha: And we need to pick some songs to dance to

More From this week

Black History Month: Feeling Inspired by Inventors

Try paper or plastic cup stacking at home! The Pre-K class has become an advanced cup stacking team. 

Love and Community

Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Lunar New Year! Happy Black History Month! Happy President's Day! 

The Pre-K class has been studying spatial reasoning, mathematics, physics and debate throughout our explorations of Love, community and the February Holidays. Throughout our play the children have displayed a rapidly growing knowledge of how angles, force, and size influence how objects move. We are excited to see where these discoveries take our work and play when we return from break. The Pre-K teachers harnessed these interests by organizing a Partner Dance for Valentine's Day! 

We also began discussing President's Day and Black history month with a discussion and reading about Barack Obama. 

"I know Obama was the President, but not anymore" -Cian

"Yeah, my dad and me were talking about the whole United States and I know about Obama" -Luke M

"Obama has O, like the letter of the week!" -Cooper

Next week we will Celebrate Lunar New Year and explore more of the following topics:

  • debate
  • black history month
  • measuring
  • physics 
  • community

Valentine's Day and Preparations! 

Thank you all for contributing and participating in our party. Throughout the week we have observed a growing interest in helping peers and younger children in the school. During our literacy meetings we shared how we feel about each other and how we feel when we hear nice things:

Luke K: I love you Sophia

Caleb: I love Sophia too

James: I want to tell her too! 

Cian: I love when you play dress-up with me, Caleb

Sophia: I really like when Cooper helps me 

How does it feel to hear nice things?

James: Makes me Happy! 

Cian: Lots of feelings mixed up

Caleb: Sad, but happy, like I want to cry. Sad. 

Sophia: I had that feeling before


Pre-K has been showing their appreciation for each other and examining the various ways people in the community communicate. We will be taking some time in the coming weeks to dive deep into a community project with the 3A, 3B, 2A and 2B classes. 

"We can teach them to use the potty" -Grant

We joined 3A at the park today and naturally began teaching them our Monkey Banana game! 

"When the monkey comes you gotta run!" -Asha

City, Class, and Community


“Like in the city? There’s museums and stores and my home, and us” -Luke M. 


Jumping off from the past two weeks, our exploration of Cities has become more concentrated on the people and places we know in the city. This week we were curiously exploring the concept of community. Pre-K understandings of community grow from their direct experiences in and around the city.

Some of our current questions and curiosities include:

  • Is everything in the city our community?

  • Is our class the same as our community? 

  • How do we show our community we appreciate them? 

The children began drawing pictures of their friends, teachers and their favorite places in the city. 

This is the museum and the mummy dead, I go to the museum
— Luke K
I’m drawing Caleb and Sophia
— Asha
I’m drawing you, Syd! You have brown hair like this and you’re riding a skateboard. You have, like, tan skin and a tattoo
— Cian
I like when Cian and Sophia play dress up with me
— Caleb
I like the plus plus with Luke K
— Cooper

Food Science 

What happens to a strawberry when you eat it? 

"It goes in your throat and in your belly and then comes out in the bathroom" -Cian

"No, it goes to your belly and then through your blood to your feet maybe" -Sophia 

"These lines are the directions of the blood" -James 

"You eat it and it comes out the toilet" -Cooper



City Project by the Pre-K children

"Let's make a city!" -James

The Pre-K children are very interested in the city that they live in and how it works. They also enjoy sharing their knowledge regarding the cities they have visited and even the cities they have lived in. We decided to ask them a few questions during our morning meeting and find out what they know and what questions they have. Below is a conversation we recorded and transcribed. 

We have to make a road here because there is a road that goes around my building. -Luke M.
This is a building in Austin. There was a fire and it went all the way through the whole building. All the people were safe but the building got wrecked. -Grant
  • Teacher: What makes a City?
  • Ben: Builders!
  • Cian: How do they make the sidewalks?
  • James: A City has a lot of buildings and people.
  • Ben: There are couches where people sit-down to watch kid shows.
  • Cian: You mean inside houses?
  • Ben: Yes, that’s what I mean.
  • Sophia: There are buildings and homes.
  • Cian: And apartments, like I live in an apartment.
  • Ben: There are trains.
  • Cian: Those are underground. When I go to Rhode Island and I take the train from Penn Station the train we take goes outside, it’s not underground. So there are trains underground and trains up-ground.
  • Luke K: There are boats in the river in the city too.
  • Cian: And trains are also aboveground.
  • Luke M: Do you know what he’s talking about? Trains go aboveground because you know what, sometimes trains go over bridges and the bridge isn't on the track. The train goes on the the tracks and over the bridge. And sometimes they go to NJ.
  • Asha: I’ve been to Michigan that’s a city.
  • Grant: Do you know that I lived in Austin before but that city was filled with water and I can’t go there anymore because they wrecked out all the buildings and there’s X buildings left.
  • Cian: Why did they do that?
  • Grant: Because the Health department shut down every building and house in Austin.
  • James: Where did all the buildings go?
  • Grant: They destroyed them to bricks.
  • James: And maybe they took the bricks and brought them to NYC. There were a little bit buildings and now they built more buildings here in NYC.
  • Cian: Grant where did all the people go to live if all of the buildings got shut down?
  • James: They can live in new places, like in NYC.
  • Sophia: What about all their stuff?
  • Cian: Where’s all their furniture? They’re leaving all of their stuff and beds.
  • Sophia: How about if quickly they put all of their stuff in a moving truck and they can move all their stuff somewhere else.
  • Cian: They can move to another city! Or another state, or Colorado.
  • Sophia: What about their friends?
  • James: They can make more in the new city. They need to get born. They need to stay in somebody’s tummy and they they grow. And then they need to get it out of their mouth and that’s how somebody gets born.
  • Cian: But babies don’t come out of the mouth…
  • Sophia: Yeah, they come out of your tummy, so they just cut your tummy and then they sew it back down.
  • Cian: How do they get it out of your tummy?
  • James: Out of your mouth.
  • Cina: Nooo.
  • James: Yeah!
  • Cian: No because when I was born Ryder was already born and he was watching me come out of mommy’s belly when it popped. I just bounced on the couch and they put mommy’s belly’s back together at the hospital.
  • Grant: It’s a really long story how my Fin was born.
  • Cian: How did he come alive? How did he get out of your mom’s belly?
  • Grant: because she got bigger, and bigger, and bigger, and mommy’s belly opened all the way up and closed.

Family Curriculum Celebration

Happy Curriculum Celebration! 

Our Family curriculum celebration was a huge success! The children worked for weeks exploring the concept of family. They sparked their own Home project, shared their favorite family memories and took time to interview a family member. 

Discussing family structures and family narratives are some of the various ways children engage with and understand their environments. They wonder, compare, and contrast the various elements of their own families with those of their peers. These are core aspects of their developing identities. It is our hope as educators that the Pre-K class will develop and communicate a flexible, diverse and expansive understanding of family. 

We are so proud of the Pre-K class! Take some time to see our documentation and museum. We will have all of our museum documentation up next week, with the exception of the home museum section, which we will send home on Monday and Tuesday.

Thanks for coming! 

Curriculum Party: Family

More Photos from the Week

Communication: Process work and group projects

Happy Friday! 

Our current project theme is communication. As we discuss the different ways people and other creatures communicate the children have naturally gravitated to focused group project work. Communication and collaboration can be seen in a variety of centers!   

Check it out! 

Process Water Color Art

"First we gotta draw all over the white" -Asha

"Where water? Put the water on" -Luke K. 

"No, there's still some white, we gotta cover it all" -Luke M.  

"Guys, mix the red and black, it makes like a brown" -Ben

"Oh, look what colors I made" -Cian

"Guys try to mix blue and red, it's like purpley brown" -James

"Wait, James you have to use the water, it's getting all mixed together"


Engineering and Measuring 

"This one is down with the screws" -Grant

"Yeah, that means it's heavier" -Luke M.

"Let's use this one" (white scale) -Grant

"I have an idea, let's make them get all the way to 10 pounds!" -Luke M.

"OOOOOHHH YES! That's a great idea!" -Grant

Group Plans and Literacy

"How about after we do the meeting message we read this book and do some art" -Caleb

"Okay, I want to do the day" -Luke M 

"Yeah, and how about I do the good morning part and maybe the numbers after" -Asha

"I can write the numbers, and then read Cinderelephant. And look! The bunny has heels on" -Caleb 

"Can I do the messages part?" -Sophia 

"How do I do the W?" -Sophia 

(Luke K. points to the W on the Weather Station sign) 




Project Brainstorm: Communication

Happy Friday! Welcome back! 

As the children came back to school this week there was a noticeable increase in maturity and an emphasis on communication. The student sign making project has expanded from the block center to dramatic play and morning meeting. The children are excited to design and lead their own projects, and many children have taken on conflict management roles when peers have difficulties. Check out the bottom of the page for some of the New Year's Resolutions the children made this week. 

These developments have started a new Communication project! The children have been discussing the different ways people communicate and developing their own projects on this topic. We started a brainstorm web of these ideas and the children have taken the lead thinking up ideas and sharing their knowledge of communication. 


Big ?

How do people communicate?

News tells you how to do things! That’s commnunication
— Luke M.
Yeah, and news tells you what the president is doing
— Sophia
We make hand signs to communicate “Stop” (with hand up), please stop that’s what it means
— Ben
Maybe we can write a message for a sign
— James
We communicate through helping people
— Asha
We can help people get dressed. We do that when we like them or be nice
— Caleb
We communicate when we do teamwork
— Grant
We share together
— Cooper

Sign Making 


The children were making robots using plus-plus connectors and soon began a discussion of robot languages. This grew into a chant beginning with the group saying "Robot" in a robot voice, which transformed into 4 different words in their own "robot language." 

Helping: Sharing and Teamwork

New Year's Resolutions Pre-K 2018

Grant: "Stop eating candy before bed time because it keeps me up at night"

Asha: "Um, I'm not sure. Stop wearing crowns because they make the back of my ears hurt" 

James: "I want to stop eating gold fish because it makes my tummy feel silly" 

Caleb: "I don't know. Share..."

Luke M.: "I don't know..."


Winter Wonderland!

Happy Friday! 

Pre-K has been working so hard creating a winter wonderland window display! This project has brought up explorations of winter weather, various holidays, and comparisons of types of food. 

Check out our completed window display! We made a paper mâché snow person, a winter scene, an igloo and placed wishes on a wishing tree. 

What do we need for a winter window display?

We have to make a igloo with ice blocks, because in winter there’s ice
— Luke M.
We need a igloo!
— Aayush
Lights! Like lights on a christmas tree
— Ben
Circles and stars!
— Asha
A castle!
— Grant
House ornaments
— James
We have a star on the tree
— Cooper
A snowman!
— Sophia
A tower!
— Caleb
The snow and the snowball
— Luke K

We ended our amazing week in our pajamas drinking hot cocoa. 


Identity and Projects: "I know!" "I'll show you" "I'll lead the way"

Happy Friday! 

Hello Pre-K families! Thank you for your patience while we took some time off from the blog. 

Our December has started with a noticeable class-wide interest in preserving, documenting and showing off our work. Each child has showed an incredible initiative to show peers, teachers and parent visitors their special set of skills. This pride in creations, knowledge and ideas sparked photography lessons, student-led games and projects and song compositions. 

We also started the following projects related to Pride, expression, winter and our unique class:

  • Window Display Creation (paper mache snowperson, snow, snow flakes, castle made of ice, igloo...etc.)
  • Meditation Jars 
  • Share Your Voice (share a special talent, idea or story during morning meeting) 
  • Tree decorating and measuring 

Take a look at some of the special interests and skills of each student: 


  • creating picture books
  • making duplicates of drawings for home and school
  • drawing people in action (running, dancing...etc.)


  • taking on the role of teacher
  • making up songs 
  • drawing intricate abstract designs 


  • taking on a quiet leadership role by modeling kind and creative behavior for friends
  • creating patterns 
  • building elaborate structures 


  • Singing to the group 
  • creating books and fairy tale stories 
  • helping friends feel better when they are sad 


  • creating elaborate manipulative art projects 
  • balancing 


  • freeze dance 
  • reading to the group 
  • helping teachers 

Luke K. 

  • creating shapes using many different manipulatives 
  • leading repeat after me games 
  • drawing scenes 

Luke M. 

  • giving detailed directions 
  • telling stories
  • writing the morning message


    • writing the morning message 
    • measuring using his body, other objects and rulers 
    • leading sensory projects 


    • sharing ideas for projects and telling stories 
    • writing or drawing out feelings with friends 
    • remembering the rules 


    • sharing his knowledge about germs, animals, bugs, and the rules ("lecturing")
    • covering an entire paper with abstract art 
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    Identity: A family is...

    Happy Belated Friday Blog

    Thank you all for your feedback on the blog and instagram. We will continue to post a weekly blog on the last day of the week with recaps and a curriculum summary. Thanks agiain!

    Last week we began deep exploration and discussion into family. The children were so excited to share about their own families, compare families with friends and learn new things about family. We started a chart of the things families "can have," where families "can live," and families "are..." Pre-K really opened up about their ideas and questions about family structures, what families do together, what makes a family and the different things families like to do. It was amazing to hear their understandings of family variation. 


    We worked on family portraits, learned how to write last names and played many family games. We had number families, animal families, mixture families and much more. Check out the pictures below and the pictures in the google drive.

    Identity: I know this, do you know this?

    Happy Friday! 

    Following our Halloween parade we have observed the children taking on a new passion for designing alongside their peers. The confidence gained from exploring the neighborhood in their own costume creations inspired so many creative and academic endeavors. 

    The following identity and curriculum themes have blossomed this week: 

    • Sharing of knowledge 
    • Children leading projects with peers 
    • Giving friends comfort items in times of need 
    • Asking for help from friends 
    • How air, heat and water work in weather 
    • Airplanes and parachutes 
    Hi, I’m Asha. Caleb don’t worry I’ll do it with you.
    — Asha (helping Caleb introduce himself to a visitor names Eva)
    When they first jump out the air goes fast and when they are close to the ground the air goes slower in the parachute
    — Ben (teaching friends about parachutes)
    Maybe the air there (the fan) will help the airplane fly more, you should try that, do you want to try that?
    — Luke M. (developing theories about how stick airplanes fly, and suggesting them to friends)
    Maybe we can go up here (to the thinking tower)
    — James (testing theory of how to make airplanes fly)
    Can you do this dance move?
    — Cian (teaching friends his dance moves)
    I can do the S really great, it’s in my name. Want me to show you how?
    — Sophia (asks Caleb and Ben if they want to learn how to write the letter S)
    I want to read to the class
    — Aayush (proud of his new reading skills he wants to share it with his friends)

    Week Recap: 10/30-11-2

    Happy Thursday! 

    This week was full of new explorations and exciting celebrations. The pre-k students have really taken on great interest in responsibility, leadership, and creating. After our exciting halloween parade the children were full of confidence and pride in their creations, interactions and neighborhood.

    This week we explored the following themes: 

    • airplanes
    • writing signs 
    • compassion for others
    • representations of new york city 
    • balance 
    • All things with the letter B





    Week Recap: 10/23-10/27


    Monday began with a relaxed and focused vibe. Many of the children began preparing decorations and gifts and writing notes for our party. 

    This my hat, crown for head
    — Luke K.
    I’m making my mom a necklace and me a choker. I need to twist them together to make them bigger for a grown up.
    — Caleb
    I need all the letters for my name before I start
    — James


    This Tuesday was filled with literacy and science explorations. We measured our pumpkins and wrote out our observations. Practicing writing numbers and letters has been such a fun challenge. We also took time to share about ourselves and finish up our Me, Myself and I projects. 

    How big is the pumpkin? What’s this number? I can write it. 37.
    — Cian
    I like my neck because I can wear a sparkly necklace that my mom got me
    — Asha


    With all of our party preparations the pre-k class has taken on amazing new leadership positions. Sophia began teaching our friends how to draw rainbows, this grew into an entire documentation wall in our classroom. Caleb also led party preparations in dramatic play, while Ben and Luke K. guided construction in the block center. We made a museum and decided our Curriculum celebration would be a museum tour and a party. 

    In addition we taste tested foods of different textures with Diane and practiced stopping and kicking the soccer ball with Jo Jo. 


    The room was abuzz with costume ideas today! We were so excited to welcome our families to our Me, Myself and I party on Friday! 


    Our Me, Myself and I party and museum was such a success! Thank you all for coming! 

    Identity: We can do it!

    Identity: Initiating, empathizing and collaborating

    It has been an amazing journey studying the self! As we gear up for our final identity celebration next week we have noticed some great developments in social, academic and artistic expression. Exploring hands, feet, and faces has naturally progressed to an increased awareness of self and confidence in identifying characteristics. Most apparent is the group's confidence in their leadership skills. These skills manifest and express themselves differently in each child.

    We show great pride in a variety of areas:

    1. empathy toward others
    2. creativity in art 
    3. building improvisations
    4. Initiating and creating games 
    5. Keen observation skills 
    6. guiding and teaching 
    7. Dance skills 
    Look everyone. This is my museum for mummy and in Egypt! I make it. Don’t break it.
    — Luke K.
    I will help you make a hand
    — James (teaching Luke K. how to trace a hand)
    We are taking care of the baby
    — Luke K. and Grant
    Dance party!
    — Ben
    I’m really strong. I think I can carry it alone
    — Asha
    I can help them with making a ship. I can make it beautiful
    — Caleb
    I’m voting for sea creatures because I want to be a turtle
    — James
    I’m very gentle with the bunny, right Syd? Super gentle and nice
    — Cooper
    I’m making suns for my mom and dad, It’s like the lights of Diwali
    — Sophia

    Happy Friday! 

    We had such an amazing Diwali celebration today with Sanjay and Alexandra! Thanks so much for teaching us about the new year celebration of lights and showing off your beautiful outfits and dance moves. 

    10-15-10-19 Week Recap:

    Happy Thursday! 

    Check out the amazing conversations that have developed out of our explorations of the self and bodies. The children have really showed off their theories, inquiries, performances and leadership throughout this exploration. Get ready for some Halloween creations next week and our Me, Myself and I Identity Celebration on Friday 10/27! Thanks for reading! 


    We spent Monday observing and experimenting with our hands. We drew pictures of hands and made signs. We also prepared to vote on our halloween costumes! 

    This is my robot sea creature
    — Cooper
    This is a tall tower for the city
    — Sophia


    We spent the day drawing, writing, building and reading. We took a break to have a snack party, have spanish with Michelle, and vote for our group Halloween costume. Sea creatures won the vote with a tally of 8-4


    Our Wednesday was jam packed with fun and learning. After a morning exploring faces and clay we had super soccer starz with Jojo and cooking with Diane. 


    Thursday always brings exciting changes and explorations. We spent the morning building museums with playdough, growing extra tube arms, building a giant ship, and playing twister in the 3B room. After a restful snack we danced and sang with Evan. After seeing such lively explorations and great teamwork the teachers decided we needed a reward, specifically a pumpkin walk reward! We got the 3 biggest pumpkins we could find, took a vote and brought one back to school to carve before Halloween.

    Identity: Helpers, Organizers and Designers

    Happy Friday! 

    Our identity project has blossomed into expressions of roles and an interest in relationships with each other. As the children explore their hands, feet and faces they begin comparing their abilities, the details on their bodies and how they feel. We noticed that all this exploration into self manifested into hugs, compliments, and inquiry about other people. Feeling more confident in their sense of self the children began to be more present and interactive with each other. 

    "We do a group hug" -Cooper

    "That's a beautiful H" -Grant(making letters with our bodies) 

    "I only like a hug if someone asks first" -Asha

    "This is the animal shelter where we protect animals" -Ben 

    "H is for Hugs, I like a hug" -Luke K. 

    "Your hug looks like a heart" -Luke M. 

    "My hands are small and yours has nail polish" -Caleb (comparing hands with sophia and Annabel)



    Today we continued our exploration of feet and hands with a sensory walk party. We also worked on a special portrait art project for our Identity Party on October 27. In addition to all the identity project fun we began discussing our Class Halloween Costume ideas. We have narrowed down the theme to either Foods or Sea Creatures. We will hold a vote next week to decide! 

    10/10-10/13 Week Recap


    We reflected on our science experiment from last week. We drew pictures of volcanoes and told stories about dinosaurs. We also met with Ms. Michelle for Spanish and practiced the days of the week. In preperation for this week, we played a game of yoga to show Ms. Jen our flexible bodies. Later that day we talked about the places around the world while looking at a map and discussed the places we have been to before.  


    Our Field trip to the Riamede Farm for Apple Picking was a total succes! We first started our day with warm donuts and apple cider. We traveled on a hayride, searched for pumpkins and apples, and had a nice picnic style lunch. 


    After our apple picking trip we decided to save some apples for our cooking activity with Diane.

    Child Identity: Parties and Roles

    Happy Friday! 

    This week has been full of new developments in understanding identity.

    We began our explorations by asking the following questions to the children: 

    1. What makes you special/What is the best part of you?
    2. What helps you feel better when you're upset? 
    3. What do you know about eyes? 

    These questions manifested into an exploration of roles, and expressions of personal interests through these roles.  What better way to show off what makes us special than a party?!! Parties, fashion shows and sharing about feelings helped us grapple with when where and how to take control or decide to take turns.