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Posted Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 5:09:00 PM
Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students have been exploring the area around 85th Street with walks around the neighborhood, including visits (outdoors only!) to local fruit vendors, supermarkets, coffee shops, and newsstands. The purpose is to ultimately help our youngest students learn an important value: each person, regardless of age or background, serves a vital role in contributing to the community and neighborhood in which they live...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021 8:01:00 PM
Nursery students experimented with baking soda and shaving cream to "make snowballs." They used their predictive skills to guess what the outcome of this process would be: Would these snowflakes turn out to be squishy? Sticky? Soft? Messy? Would they hold together?
Posted Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021 7:54:00 PM
After reading "Not a Box," by Antoinette Portis, Pre-K students brainstormed about what they could build together, deciding to connect a series of boxes to make a tunnel and then use as a highway for small cars. This collaborative process challenged students to use critical thinking to problem-solve, innovate, and use expressive language to articulate their ideas.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 11:09:00 PM
The Chanukah spirit is in the air! The ECC children participated in a shadow puppet show where they helped tell the Chanukah story. The children were mesmerized by the shadows and were all able to go behind the scenes to see how it worked. The Kindergarten children were treated to a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago with special guest, Lauren from Mummies and Masterpieces. Lauren focused on light in art in celebration of Chanukah and the children looked at stained glass windows in the museums. Some classes even went around the school to find the stained-glass windows in our building. The week was filled with joy and celebration.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020 4:58:00 PM
Nursery students engaged in interdisciplinary learning as they identified and labeled their feelings – an important aspect of social-emotional awareness – through the characters in the story of Chanukah.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 4:39:00 PM
Kindergartners used tangrams - a two-dimensional re-arrangement puzzle created by cutting a square into seven pieces - to create symmetrical designs. A lot like building blocks or Lego, tangrams teach young students about spatial relationships, helping them with geometric vocabulary and to communicate math concepts.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 4:36:00 PM
Quarantine didn't stop a group of Nursery students from conducting virtual science experiments with oil in conjunction with Chanukah. They first made predictions about what they thought would happen; then after investigating what happens when combining oil and water, they noted their results: oil and water don't mix. Two more integrated experiments...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020 12:08:00 PM
Celebrating the completion of a writing exercise and sharing student work are key parts of the Ramaz Kindergarten writing program, which was launched at the beginning of the school year. Using a writing workshop approach (an industry standard and research-based approach to writing), students write each day, gaining experience across a variety of different genres, including narrative, expository and opinion
Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 11:39:00 PM
Early Childhood students gathered on the roof to listen – and dance - to the story of Chanukah. What better way to infuse the joy of being Jewish than with the celebration of a "mini" holiday?
Posted Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 5:58:00 PM
Nursery Katom transformed its classroom into a farm after fully researching the types of animals that live on a farm, what they eat, and the sounds they make. Students observed and felt different textures and materials, which they then used to create farm animals. Throughout this process, students worked together creatively using skills in math, literacy, and language. They also have been polishing their presentation skills, taking turns as tour guides to explain to visitors what our farm entails.
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