Friday, November 20, 2020

Election Day 2020

    Election Day in the United States occurred on November, 3rd. SMART START observed this monumental event by educating our young learners on their right to exercise their vote. 

    Pupils participated in a mock election at school to elect their new class president. The two nominees were Barny the Barn Owl & Freddy the Fox. Each candidate displayed their agenda and students scrutinized these at our "debate". 

    All received a ballot and proceeded to the polls. Those in support of Barny marked their ballot with a "B" and those in favor of Freddy signed their ballot with an "F". After much contemplation, classmates cast their ballots and received an "I voted (kids vote too!)" sticker.  

    Parties assembled to hear the anticipated election results. Ballots were counted and a winner was announced... Freddy the Fox! Everybody was excited to inaugurate their new class president. 

    The group gathered to reflect on the election process. This time served as an opportunity for every child to express who they voted for and why. It was impressive how informed and assured they were when discussing their "political views". Peers pondered over their opposing opinions, but learned a valuable lesson of respecting differences in their friends. 

Click below to view SMART START's Election Highlights 

Children are the future and we hope to instill in them that their voices matter and should be heard!


Monday, November 2, 2020

All About Kinsley!


    Miss Kinsley Rose eagerly embraced the role of "student of the month" during October. She proudly displayed her "All About Me" poster to her peers. Kinsley's enthusiastic energy was exhibited throughout each presentation. Extraordinary work, Kinsley!

Kinsley's Poster 

Class Presentations

    Celebrating Kinsley's 4th birthday party at school was such a treat! She brought in chocolate and vanilla cake pops and sparkly goody bags to share with friends. The class gifted Kinsley with a book and sang, "Happy Birthday" to her in English and Spanish. 

    Kinsley Rose began her education at SMART START when she was just an infant! We have witnessed her evolve from an adorable and bright baby to a perceptive and compassionate preschooler. Each year we are awed by Kinsley's growth as a student, classmate and person. We know you will continue to blossom, Kinsley!


Friday, October 30, 2020

Health & Wellness

    Due to COVID-19, SMART START has enhanced its existing health and wellness curriculum. Educating our young learners on maintaining the well-being of themselves and others is our priority. 

Read below to learn more about our recent comprehensive unit:

Hygiene 🧼
    Pupils have been sporting their PPE (personal, protective, equipment) while participating in overall good hygiene habits such as handwashing, sanitizing and covering coughs & sneezes. 

    The class enjoyed learning the necessity of these practices during outdoor storytime. All have been encouraging one another to do their part in order to prevent the spread of germs. 

Nutrition 🍎
     Novice nutritionists have been considering what comprises a healthy diet. Foods containing essential nutrients and how they affect the body were discussed. All applied acquired knowledge to create a meal using a plate template and stickers of the four crucial food groups: protein, fruits, vegetables & grains. 

     Chefs mixed a variety of snacks to make a delicious and nutritious trail mix. 

    Preschoolers enhanced their math skills playing "Count the Cookies", an addition and subtraction game while Prekindergartners and Kindergartners engaged in a literacy lesson making "Sight Word Sandwiches." 

    Books and other related materials were observed at the themed display. 

    Problem solving, sequencing and concentration skills were increased while completing fruit patterns. 

    Peers played "musical strawberries" to songs about the importance of eating fruits. This music and movement activity was a rendition of "musical chairs." 

    The group gathered in our outdoor classroom to listen and learn about all things nutrition

    Classmates classified food groups by sorting items into five categories: protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables and grains. 

Human Body 🧠
    SMART START scientists studied all about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Internal organs and their functions were taught through an informational read aloud. Each had a turn to wear our "What's Inside Me?" costume which portrays inside parts such as the heart, intestines, the brain and more!

    Future physicians examined X-rays using magnifying glasses, matched organs using magnets and tended to the needs of their "patients". All used their newfound understanding of the human body during this hands-on activity. 

    Students used stickers of internal organs to precisely label their human body template. 

    Prospective surgeons strengthened their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while playing the classic game "operation". This time also served as a pretend play opportunity as all wore gloves, medical masks and imagined they were performing an actual surgery.

    Friends had fun assembling and creating their own bodies using potato head toys. 



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

All About Ava!


    September was all about Miss Ava! She did a phenomenal job creating her "All About Me" poster and presenting it at school. All were dazzled by Ava's dedication to this assignment and her stellar performance. Amazing job, Ava!

Ava's Poster

Class Presentations 

    The class had an awesome time at Ava's 5th birthday party at school! Ava shared delicious cupcakes and fun goody bags with her classmates. Friends sang "Happy Birthday" to Ava in English and Spanish and gifted her with a book on her favorite school subject: Science! 

    Ava has been coming to SMART START for about two years! She is insightful, intelligent and attracts the attention of her peers. Ava accomplished numerous of her goals this year. We are so excited to see what you will achieve next, Ava! 


Back to School 2020/2021

    SMART START's academic year commenced early September. We highlighted each of our pupils by taking their picture with our "Back to School" sign. Our young learners are all unique and we wanted to showcase their individual talents, characteristics and interests. 

Here are the preschool, pre-k and kindergarten student spotlights for the 2020/2021 academic year: 


Saturday, October 3, 2020

All About Gus!

   Gus was SMART START's star student of August! He was eager to bring his "All About Me" poster to school to share with his classmates and teachers. Gus' personality shined through each of his presentations. Fantastic job, Gus!
Gus' Poster

Class Presentations

     All were overjoyed to celebrate Gus' 5th birthday at school! Gus brought in delicious ice cream sandwiches and bubbles to share with his friends. The class sang "Happy Birthday" to Gus in both English and Spanish and gifted him with a book on his favorite topic: Outer Space! Afterwards, all enjoyed playing games with water balloons. 

     SMART START has had the pleasure of caring for and educating Gus for three years! He is warmhearted, fun loving and has a vast imagination. We know he will continue to flourish this year. You are one of a kind, Gus!