Play-Inspired Learning

January 22nd, 2020
Category: News

Pre-K Teachers Courtney and Kate find creative ways to enrich their students’ learning with themes that “emerge” out of play. Recently they presented their class with a table covered in paper, a mess of paint, and some brushes. From there, a group of children came over to paint during free play and turned the table into a beautiful ocean scene, telling a story of mermaids and underwater creatures. With the point of interest established, Courtney and Kate stretched the idea a little further by bringing in ocean animal figurines and, as always, materials from the classroom art atelier. The kids were thrilled to develop and extend their stories adding coral, shells, and many decorations. The teachers pulled ocean and fish books from the shelves to answer questions and extend their learning. Each day as the kids returned to their ocean scene, remembering the details from prior play periods and adding on more aspects of the story and environment.

Learning Where our Food Comes From

January 15th, 2020
Category: News
As part of their study of city planning and the journey food takes to reach our plates, Fifth Grade visited the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg last week. They got to meet a farmer, pet cows, and see a calf being born. Students also enjoyed a scavenger hunt around the farm show, pretending to drive tractors, and sampling fresh dairy treats. At the end of the day the class enjoyed a horse race in the arena.

Students Create Aquaponics System

January 8th, 2020
Category: News

Fifth Graders pose with the aquaponics system they helped to create.  The nitrogen generated by fish waste is utilized by the plants growing at the surface of the water.

Tuesday Tot Time @PMFS

December 20th, 2019
Category: News

Third Tuesday Each Month
11am – 12pm

Featuring on January 21: Movement and Colors, with Kelly, our positive P.E. teacher

FREE, for children age 0-5

Under the guidance of enthusiastic expert teachers, engage your kids in hands-on playtime and discovery. A different theme and activity each month. Bring a friend or make new ones at Tot Time.

Let us know you can join the fun and creativity: Click here.
Contact us with any questions: info@pmfs1780.org or 610.828.2288.

Coming up next:
2/18: Rhythm of Stories, with Jill, our lively Library & Tech teacher

Celebrating Nature, Kindness, and Home

December 18th, 2019
Category: News

Families gathered to celebrate their students and the natural world at Second Grade’s annual Night Tree Celebration. This tradition was inspired by Eve Buntings’ picture book, Night Tree, about a family who decorates a forest tree with edible decorations for wildlife. Students prepared winter treats to hang on a tree outside for their animal friends, made candles to illuminate the dark winter night, and shared their writing with their families. And they enjoyed another Second Grade tradition – baking and sharing delicious teacakes!

Third Grade’s Year-Long Study of Water

December 10th, 2019
Category: News

Third Graders visited the Fairmount Water Works as part of their year-long study of waer. Once the heart of Philadelphia’s water distribution system, the Water Works is now an interpretive center which educates visitors about Philadelphia’s urban watershed. Third Graders considered how many gallons of water on average a person uses each day through consumption and household appliances. They brainstormed ways people can conserve water, such as turning off the water when brushing your teeth and only running a full dishwasher.