March came in like a lion… and left like a lion!! Oh boy are we ready for the warmth Spring will bring!! March was a very exciting month here at school. The children had fun learning about poetry with this month’s children’s poetry day and tickled their talent for joke telling with the publication of our hysterical April Fool’s Day Joke Book!! We opened the month with a Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss author study. The children really enjoyed this award winning author by reading his hysterical stories and making fun Dr. Seuss inspired art projects! The young toddler panda class even baked him a birthday cake!! The children also celebrated another birthday this month, with artist Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday artist study where we made our own beautiful artwork inspired by his unique artistic techniques!
For St. Patrick’s Day our school was on a special mission to try and catch those sneaky leprechauns! Our children and families made spectacular traps with our Growing Tree North leprechaun trap making challenge! However, in spite of all of our efforts, the children were shocked to find their classrooms turned upside down by the leprechauns while we were out on our school wide parade. Boy did they have a big mess to clean up!
This month we were proud to show off our artistic skills and honor our love for books with our annual Bryant Library Art Exhibit!! The children worked hard creating incredible artwork to decorate the libraries entire children’s section. It was a beautiful way to share our learning and creativity with the community.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this February we enhanced our children’s LOVE for learning with many great themes, celebrations, and science experiments! We celebrated Valentine’s day with our friends, president’s day with a special school parade, ground hog’s day by learning all about shadows, and even enjoyed a special Pajama day! This month, we welcomed Kids Smile Dentistwho came to teach us all about the importance of dental health and Volunteers For Wildlife who brought LIVE OWLS to our school!
The Pre-K reached their 100th day of schooland the entire school conducted a special artist study on artist Wessily Kandinsky! This month, our classes dove deeper into our new MindUp Curriculum learning how to make mindful choices and to use breathing techniques in order to calm and control our bodies and minds.
This February, we were proud to have ASPIRE, a statewide registry for Early Childhood Professionals, come to our school to register our staff and our families met withguest speaker Joannne Cuneofrom The Way To Parent who spoke about the importance of creating boundaries for a peaceful home environment. Boyy did we have fun singing, dancing, snacking, laughing, sharing, and learning all throughout the month of February!
Brrrrr!! There was no denying that winter is here, but that did not freeze the fun happening here at Growing Tree North extended day nursery school! We enjoyed bundling up to go outside and play as well as playing in our indoor gym on the days that had snow or rain. This January, we celebrated reading with our Pick A Reading Partner program! We had a special multi-cultural theme titled, “one world, many stories”. Through this theme the children learned about nations all around the world, filled up our passports on world travel day, purchased tons of books to read at home from our scholastic book fair, and enjoyed listening to instruments from all around the world with our special world music event! In class, the preschool children are now deep into their handwriting without tears program and the pre-kindergarten classes are proud to have started theirindividualized reading groups! The toddlers are now sitting nicely for circle time and enjoying their zoo phonics literacy program! This month, the toddler and preschool classes explored artist Monet’s unique style with the special little artist art therapy program that was new this month. We also took on the role of scientistsas the children investigated the winter season, how water melts and freezes, the North Pole, and the South Pole. The children participated in many fun scientific experiences where they learned to make predictions, experience, and be surprised by fascinating results!
In the area of developmental health, the Long Island University came to our school this month to conduct hearing screenings for all our preschool and pre-kindergarten children. This month, the teacher’s focused on the verbal environment learning how adults can best foster language development within the classroom. The teachers were also introduced to a new curriculum entitled, Mind Up Curriculum, which fosters self-regulation skills through self-awareness. The children learned how when we pay attention and focus on the world around us we allow our “leader brain” the time it needs to make mindful choices. Many of our children signed up for our newyoga class hosted by Sound Body & Mind Yoga Studio. Through yoga, the children learned about their bodies, practiced new breathing and calming techniques, and strengthened their balance and coordination skills.
Growing Tree North had a magical December filled with love, charity, and tons of holiday spirt. We were happy to welcome many new families into our program this month and were thrilled to see how quickly they became a part of our Growing Tree family. The children welcomed winter and were happy to bundle up to go outside and play each day. In our indoor gym, our toddlers through pre-k children got a kick out of the new tumbling and movement class! They also enjoyed learning about mindfulness and their bodies with a special Yoga Eventhosted by sound, body, mind studio. In class, our toddlers started their zoo phonics program and had a blast tying art, poem, and movement into their alphabetic study! The preschoolers went deeper into their handwriting without tears program, now learning proper pencil gripand letter formation and our Pre-K has begun prepping for their upcoming reading program by learning how to blend letter sounds and write using invented spelling strategies.
This December,the spirt of play ran through our building after our teachers attended a special workshop hosted by Child Care Council highlighting the importance of play and how we as adults can scaffold without leading children play experiences. The learning extended to our families with a special guest speaker who taught about how to eliminate the feeding and nutritional challenges many of us faced at home. Throughout December, the classes learned all about the holiday season and how different cultures celebrate during this wonderful time of year. We worked hard making special gifts for our families, complete with homemade wrapping paper! We learned a lot about charity and giving to others as we made artwork to decorate the halls of Sun Harbor nursing home, collected gifts for Jonathans Gift of Love, and had our pre-k children go over to Sun Harbor Nursing Home to put on an outstandingholiday sing-a-long showfor their residents. The children ended December by saying goodby to 2016!! We cannot wait to see everyone again in January for a great new year! Welcome 2017!
Here at the Growing Tree North we are thankful for a specular November! We took full advantage of the warm weather, spending lots of time outside playing with the fall leaves!! As part of our thanksgiving celebrations, the children learned what it means to be thankful and gracious. The preschool and Pre-k classes learned about the Native American’s who lived right here on Long Island from the Long Island Science Museum’s Native American Specialist! Through this special event, the children were able to learn how to grind their own corn and plant seeds! Meanwhile, the toddlers madetheir own butter and cornbreadas the Pilgrims once did! Yum! To top off the celebrations, the pre-k classes hosted their very own Thanksgiving Feast Celebration where families joined us for a sing-along show, homemade costumes, and a delicious thanksgiving potluck style dinner!
This month, the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes were excited to begin Italian Class!! They enjoyed learning new songs, the days of the week, as well as how to say friendly Italian greetings! In honor of election day, the children learned to put the wants of the many above the few as we voted for what to have for our school snack. Ms., Sari’s Cub class even made their very own voting booth! For Veteran’s day we honored our solders by hosting a charity drive for care package items. We also had the opportunity to welcome a real veteran to our schoolas we waved flags, said the pledge of allegiance together and thanked him for his service to our country!
This November, the learning did not just stop with our children, but extended to our teachers and families as well! Our teachers had Stephanie Nandoo, an Early Childhood Consultation Partnership Specialist, teach us how to scaffold social emotional development through the creation of classroom cozy corners and our families learned how to resolve nighttime sleep challenges by special guest speaker, Rebecca Kammererfrom Sleep Cadets! As we say goodbye to November and fall, we welcome the last month of this calendar year with open arms excited for the winter and holiday celebrations to come.
This October, we took full advantage of the wonderful learning experiences that came with the changing seasons and falling leaves. Each class welcomed fall by learning all about pumpkins, conducting surprising pumpkin and fall science experiments, and making their very own Jack O' Lanterns! This month, the children, Infants and up, enjoyed starting special music classes! They enjoyed dancing to live guitar musicand enjoyed silly puppet shows! This month, the Preschool Duckling and Cub classes begin theirGet Set for School Handwriting and Math curriculum, we welcomed two new families into our Infant Chicks classroom, and the Infant Kitten’s class enjoyed their first art experiences!
We started off our month by learning all about Christopher Columbus and his journey to America!! The classes read stories, made fun puppets & hats, conducted sink float experiments, wind races, and used their imaginations to act out this important historical event. After enjoying the holiday at home, the classes dove right into fire safety week! Throughout this week the children learned what to do in the case of an emergency, how to stop, drop, and roll, and to never hide from a firefighter! We were honored to have the opportunity to extend our fire safety learning experiences by welcoming the Roslyn Fire Department visit our school! All of the classes, including the Infants, made fun hats and thank you cards to bring to this special event. The children got to climb inside of a real fire truck, try on the firefighter’s safety gear, and spray the truck’s water hose!
This October we also celebrated Artist Pablo Picasso’s Birthday with a school wide Artist Study! Each class learned about his unique techniques while making artwork that was inspired by his painting style. In celebration of his birthday, we displayed all of our Picasso artwork as a special exhibitfor families and visitors to enjoy. Our October came to a close with our annual Family Fall Festival!! Families came to ride pony rides, enjoy a full petting zoo, and a child –sized pumpkin picking patch!The children and teachers worked hard creating themed artwork to decorate the festival area. We had a huge turnout of happy western dressed children and families! Boy did we have a great October!!!
Our 2016-2017 school year started off better than ever! We are now all successfully separated and have quickly fallen in love with our new teachers and friends! The children have worked hard learning the routines of school and are now experts at navigating their classrooms. The classes have enjoyed many messy sensory and art experiences, conducted surprising science experimentsin our STEM Lab, and ignited their love for animals as they learned how to care for our school pets. The children learned how to makeplay dough from scratch and let their emerging imaginations run wild in their classroom's dramatic play centers. September's weather was beautiful and allowed us to spend a lot of time outdoors! The children loved running, climbing, and sliding in our outdoor play spaces. They used their imaginations on our playground’s pirate ship, fire truck, school bus, and double slided fort! On the padded blacktop, the children were introduced to sports, drawing with chalk, relay races, riding cars, and so much more! We even enjoyed one of our special music classes outside! Boy did we love dancing to that guitar!
This September, the children learned many fun themes through storytime, art, music, felt boards, puppet shows, graphing, counting, and of course moving our bodies!! The children learned about how to respect themselves, their environment, and the people in their lives through interactive learning themes that highlighted friendships, sharing, and cooperation. The children worked hard at strengthen their fine motor skills through coloring & art, finger plays, cutting, and an array of creative thematic fine motor center games. Throughout the month of September, the children also learned about apples, leaves, and the season of Fall.
Our infants spent September establishing a deep bond and trust with their teachers who worked hard learning how to best meet each baby’s individual needs and schedule. The Infants enjoyed playing with soft blocks, toys, and books in their classrooms. They loved their time outside going on relaxing buggy rides and strengthening their muscles in our special infant playground and gymnasium. Meanwhile, our Pre-Kindergarten children have been busy strengthening their alphabetic knowledge and understanding of text features. This month they enjoyed their first Author Studycomplete with response activities and literary celebrations. Although they were sad to say goodbye to Setember's author, they are all looking forward to discovering which author will come next. This month also marked the beginning of the Pre-Kindergartens exploration of number senseas they started building their anticipation for the 100th day of school counting each day using their visual number chart and 10 Frames.