Engineering Cars in Prekindergarten
by Beth Brennan
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Wood was cut and holes were drilled, all in preparation for a very special design project last week in our Pre-K class. The children were challenged by their teachers to come up with designs for wooden vehicles that move. Once the designs were in place, the students set out to sand, stack, build and glue pieces of wood together to make their cars. Vocabulary like axles, wheels, and hub caps were incorporated in the building portion of the lesson. In projects like these, the process is as important as the end results; the children start with imagination, followed by the development of a plan, then trial and error. Once assembled, as you will see in this video, they had the opportunity to talk about their ideas and, best of all, test their vehicles.
The Elisabeth Morrow School Community Raises $6,000 for The Caroline Fund
Courtesy of Angela Thomas, Prana Marketing
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 23, 2012
Seven-year old Anna Lynn, a second-grader at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey, wanted to honor her classmate, Caroline Sakovits, a patient at The Tomorrows Children’s Institute (TCI) for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. Anna had heard Caroline talk about The Caroline Fund and how it helps children who are very sick. Moved by her story, Anna and her mother Nancy Lynn, Executive Vice President of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, mobilized a team of EMS second-grade Moms to help organize a bake sale.
|Second Grade Bake Sale - March 22, 2012 - Grace Muller Courtyard|
As well, in a show of community solidarity, the EMS fourth graders dedicated their third annual talent show to The Caroline Fund. Young singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians entertained their classmates and family members, while the proceeds from admission were then added to the bake sale fundraising.
The support from The Elisabeth Morrow Community was truly generous. On April 12, the EMS community presented a check for $6000, dedicated for The Caroline Fund, to The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.
If you would like to learn more about The Caroline Fund, please visit www.thecarolinefund.org.
Large Motor Development at the Art Table in the Three’s Classroom
by Tricia Eickelberg
Early Childhood Teacher
The three-year-olds of C-1 recently painted marble pictures using daffodil colors. In order to move the marbles around they needed to tip the box from side to side and back and forth. On another day, they also helped paint our pond by using rollers to spread the paint over the paper. They then used texture tools to make the waves in the water.
Children generally enjoy active projects like these–they're fun, they're making art–but the overarching goal here is to strengthen muscles in their upper arms. Later, when they begin writing, these stronger muscles will help with both proper pencil grip and with the ability to move the pencil across the paper.
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