Virtual Red Folder

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January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Kindergarten Practices Acts of Peace Kindergarten has been reading and learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to our society. As a black American, Dr. King was eager for his own people to be treated with fairness and kindness. To assist them he followed the example of Gandhi, exhorting his black American friends…

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Justice, 01/17/2022 LAUNCH All Plymouth Meeting Friends School students, families, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us in this year’s virtual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Justice. All the activities are designed to help us CONNECT with one another, SUPPORT our communities,…

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

Sensory Play in Journey’s End The light table and kinetic sand centers are wonderful examples of learning tools that offer both sensory exploration and a variety of opportunities for open-ended conversations in Journey’s End Pre-K.  This week, winter-colored items were added to the light table.  Some examples of spontaneous play we observed: sorting items by…

December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

The Show Must Go On! This spring marks the 18th annual PMFS Circus!  The circus has grown into a celebratory spring tradition that brings our community together for a weekend of circus folly and joy.  Pod 3/4 has been learning circus skills, the value of perseverance, and the importance of communication for  upcoming show, set…

December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

Turkey, Pigs, and Candles: AKA First Grade Math Math is everywhere in first grade. Last week, our young mathematicians thought about a problem involving turkeys and pigs, working collaboratively and creatively to solve and show their answers. Following work with two- and three- dimensional shapes, they learned to make patterns and identify the pattern unit…

December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

Little House Pre-K Celebrates Hanukkah Little House Pre-K enjoyed celebrating Hanukkah this week. Students made Stars of David, which the kids thought would be difficult, but were pleasantly surprised that they simply had to make two triangles and put them together! Playing the dreidel game offered up some serious math, as students had to figure…

November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

Kindergarten Nature In Nature class, students have been learning about the season of Fall. With Sarah, they have discussed why the temperature is dropping and how the earth’s position has changed. They have learned about what trees and plants are doing — or not doing — to get ready for Winter. They have discussed migration…

November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

Kindergarten Explores Their Feelings Kindergarten has started a unit on feelings. They looked at five faces and asked themselves, “What do we think each of these faces is showing? Have I ever felt any of these feelings before?” The class was then told short stories and expressed their feelings by standing near the face that…

November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

1st Grade Hones Improv Skills This week in 1st grade Drama students discussed and explored the use of theater props in a game called “Whatcha Got There?” Students used their sense of touch (no peeking!) to choose a prop from a box and, after being asked “Whatcha got there?” by their scene partner, were challenged…

October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Scenes from Halloween The rain cleared up this morning just in time for us to have our Halloween Parade! Thank you to our Pre-K and Second Grade parents for organizing breakfast for our community, thank you to all the parents who came out to watch, and thank you to Kirk for leading the parade! Journey’s…

October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Pod 3/4 Adventure Stories After spending the first few weeks of school creating paragraphs, Pod 3/4 has transitioned into our first stories!  Though they are loosely defined as “Adventure Stories,” they are also an introduction to outlining, creating an initial draft, having both peer and teacher conferences and eventually crafting a final copy.  This process…

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

First Grade Number Stories First graders tell number stories with animals to better understand part-part-whole relationships. After choosing an animal from the grab bag, students match the animal to its information card. Then they draw a picture representing a part-part-whole number story. Finally, they write that story as a number bond and a number sentence,…

October 8, 2021

October 8, 2021

Pre-K Fun Now Leads to Handwriting Skills Later Little House Pre-K students enjoy playing with playdough, stringing beads, and drawing and writing on chalkboards. These are among many playful activities that help our students develop strong fine-motor skills, which will benefit them when it’s time to begin handwriting! Meet the School Committee Dan Heider Dan…

October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

Together, We are a Forest Second Grade started off the year exploring trees and recent research on how trees communicate and care for each other. Students observed the variety of trees on our campus and made observations, noticing how trees can be unique and at the same time be stronger when they stick together— a…

September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

Learning One-to-One Correspondence in Kindergarten In math class, our Kindergarteners get valuable (and fun) practice when working with Unifix puzzles. Using puzzles of various shapes, students create 3-dimensional models and determine the number of cubes that fit in each puzzle. This activity is a great way to practice one-to-one correspondence, a crucial skill that supports…

September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Take a Peek at What’s Happening in Our Classrooms Our 2021 Back to School Night will be held virtually on Thursday, September 23 from 7 to 8:15pm. Teachers will host Zoom meetings for each class and will send links to parents. This is an opportunity to learn about the curriculum, classroom community, and plans for…

September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

Welcome Back! We are so excited to have everyone back on campus for another great school year. PMFS students have kicked off the year by taking history walks, playing with friends, talking about summer vacations, exploring new spaces, meeting new teachers, and getting into new routines. We can’t wait to see what the rest of…