Parent Coordinators from PS20, 22, 244 and IS 237 will be presenting a 3 series parent workshop on 7 Healthy Habits of Successful Families. Details in the flyer below
The TALES Health and Wellness week begins the week of May 21st. Please see all the flyers below for the events coming up this week.
Maple Park is the closest NYC Parks Playground to our school. Parks has received funding for a capital project to reconstruct the Maple Park Playground. A meeting with Council Member Peter Koo and Melinda Katz's office to discuss this reconstruction project will be held at TALES on Thursday May 23rd.
April Curriculum Letters are up on the site. Please visit the School Documents tab in Resources to find them.
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Please check out the TALES June calendar for all the dates of the upcoming events.
The 2017-2018 supply list has been posted. Please click HERE to see the list for each grade.
Renee is a consultant that works with our Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher in creating exploratory learning opportunities through Choice time and Inquiry projects.
In Choice Time, Dinnerstein offers readers a taxonomy of play adapted from this report, nine types encompassing “forms of exploration that support…social, emotional, creative, and intellectual growth.” Never mind the overlap in form and function—children develop mastery, learn rules, and have their senses engaged in many kinds of play. In clear, simple language, she sets forth the rationale, rooted in research, for the centers of the ideal classroom:
"… it’s a laboratory for exploratory learning, a place where children build things, conduct experiments, create innovative art projects, read fascinating books, write original stories, use technology and texts to find out information and feel free to imagine and try out possibilities. It’s a place where children grow big ideas, make new friends, and dig deeply into exciting investigations."
Here, learning is collaborative, students’ voices are heard, and their work documented. The teacher is the guide, scaffolding “children’s natural instincts for play, introducing materials and posing questions and ideas that help them develop a wide range of skills.”
Observation and recording, a vanishing skill in the age of quick, quantitative assessment, undergirds practice. Close, careful attention to children yields information for extending their learning. In the centers Dinnerstein proposes (blocks, science, reading nook, dramatic play, math, and art), these strategies hold, and she tells her readers just what to do, chapters interspersed with charts called “Teaching Interventions,” lined with observations and possible responses.
Read More HERE
Dear Families and Friends,
The Active Learning Elementary School hopes to start a program where our students will be able to borrow toys to bring home.
Our students come to school eager to learn every day. When the time comes for parent teacher conferences, their parents are eager to ask what they can do to help their child.
We always suggest that our parents read to their children and allow them to play with unstructured building toys; toys that allow them to think and build scientifically using logic and imagination. However, not every household is equipped with building toys that is ideal for such thinking.
We want to educate the next generation of inventors, innovators, and problem solvers. To do so, our children must be exposed to things that allow them to think scientifically and mathematically. They must be able to problem solve and be willing to construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct.
We have created a DonorsChoose.org project to bring in toys for your students to take home to play. We need your support to help fund this project to make this toy lending program happen. Please consider supporting this project and share it with your friends and family. Once funded, we will begin lending out toys for your kids to bring home.
Please make donations directly to the site. The link is below.
Mrs. Roman's kindergarten class was featured in an Inside Schools Blog about the role of play in kindergarten.
"One day last school year, a girl in Fanny Roman's kindergarten class at PS 244 in Flushing, Queens arrived bubbling with excitement about her new shoes. With Roman's encouragement, she began tracing classmates' feet on paper and constructing "shoes," using pipe cleaners for laces. Her enthusiasm proved contagious; in response, Roman read poetry and picture books about shoes and students set up a play shoe store of their own, with different-sized shoes in boxes, labeled "Jellies" or "Sneakers", as they categorized by size and even priced their wares. In their writing, they started using words such as "Velcro," buckles" and "shoelaces."
Read about it in the link below!