Saturday, November 21, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

    🍂Throughout the month of November, SMART START celebrated the essence of Thanksgiving. This served as a time to foster feelings of gratitude in our students through a variety of fun festivities. 
We are most thankful to partake in these special formative experiences with our young learners!🍂

Read about our Thanksgiving unit below :
  
    📚The history of  the holiday was discussed during both indoor and outdoor storytime times and book displays. 

Here are some facts the class learned:
  • The pilgrims left England and sailed to the "new world"/North America on the Mayflower ship
  • The Mayflower landed in Plymouth, MA and formed a colony. 
  • Life in the new world was difficult for the pilgrims
  • The first Native Americans to help the pilgrims were named Samoset and Squanto.
  • The pilgrims learned how to fish, hunt, plant and more from the Native Americans
  • Both the pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated their gratitude by having a feast together 
  • This meal began the tradition of Thanksgiving 

    🎨Appreciative artists decorated napkin holders using paint, glitter and other materials. The children wrapped their finished product to be given as a gift, saved for Thanksgiving day or to be used as décor.


   🖉Our grateful group gathered in the outdoor classroom to share some thankful thoughts on an "I am thankful" pumpkin chalk board. 


  📑  To reinforce the significance of gratitude, classmates compiled a list of what they are "So Very Thankful For" as a homework assignment. These were displayed in our classrooms for all to admire.  


  🍞🧈  Beginner bakers beamed while making school-made bread and butter. Pupils patiently poured all of the ingredients together to bake the bread and used their muscles and a marble to mix the butter. Both tasted delicious!
   


  Bread Recipe 




   🥕🥔Festive friends eagerly awaited SMART START's annual "Friendsgiving Feast". All brought in an item to share for the event and participated in preparations at school. 



   💛 Prior to feasting, peers proudly performed a thanksgiving poem. 


   🍽  Our memorable meal was a school-wide effort!


Thankful & Grateful for our SMART START families! Without them our school would not be possible🧡

Click below to view more Thanksgiving highlights 



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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. 

SMART START Election
    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!




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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!


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