Fundamentals with Fundations: How Fun!

January 26th, 2017
Category: News

Kindergarteners were “tapping it out” this morning to practice listening for sounds in words to spell. Reading readiness skills such as these are taught with the multi-sensory Wilson literacy program, Fundations, which focuses on phonological and phonemic awareness, the building blocks of spoken language. Fundations is but one part of an integrated approach to language arts which fosters learning in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

And if your child isn’t pictured above, it’s because they broke off into small groups playing math games on the rug.

Sharing Kindness and Love with Grandparents and Special Friends

January 20th, 2017
Category: News

What a beautiful day today to welcome grandparents and special friends of our students on campus for a robust program. Guests began the day in the Steinbright Auditorium, where they heard about Fifth Grade’s work around justice, including the video Fifth Graders made for MLK Jr. Day of Service and Justice wherein they presented four organizations who focus on social justice initiatives. [To refresh your memory, click to play the video below to hear about  Seamaac, Inc., ACT UP Philadelphia, Youth United for Change, and EQAT (Earth Quaker Action Team)]

Everyone then departed for classrooms, where they took part in projects with their special PMFS student. Classroom activities across campus included:

  • Martha and Pam’s Pre-K: Activity stations, circle, cooking, snack, and play outside
  • Courtney and Jane’s Pre-K: Circle and singing, art project, snack-making, and enjoying a book and special puzzle together
  • Kindergarten: Tour of classroom, grandparent/special friend interview sharing of “when I was 5/6 years old…,” and cookie decorating
  • Ann and Lauren’s Primary: Meeting for sharing and welcome, storytelling in a round, hands-on activity, and snack
  • Susan and Genevieve’s Primary: Welcome and an introduction, reading a story by Mem Fox together, sharing memories of something warm from long ago and How-To Books, and room exploration
  • Third Grade: Introductions, “A day in the life of the classroom” presentation, Third Grade trivia questions, sharing ocean animal books and writing binders, and ocean animal “Who Am I?”
  • Fourth Grade: Welcome, getting-to-know-you activity, musicology lesson, and playing Kahoot! on iPads
  • Fifth Grade: Introductions and conversations about our very recent experience with the Mexican Exchange
  • Sixth Grade: Introductions, country presentations, travel storytelling from guests, and reception and chat

We concluded the day with a special Meeting for Worship all together in Steinbright in the Gym where students and guests considered the query: How have you seen kindness in the world? How have you seen kindness at PMFS?