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February News letter 2015

 

A Note from the Principal:

Here we are in the second month of the New Year…
As a motivation to keep your New Year’s Resolutions going, we thought this article by Paula Eder may be of interest to you.
Where do you stand with your New Year’s Resolutions?
How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?
Or maybe I should back up a step: Did you make resolutions this New Year? Is it a process that you find useful? Fun? Discouraging?
One thing we can probably all agree on is that New Year’s Resolutions are a mixed bag. They offer an opportunity to reflect and set goals. But more often than not, right around this time of year, many of us begin to part ways with our resolutions.

-Paula Ortiz, Principal


 

Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology

Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.
Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.
Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.
INTERMEDIATES
In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.
At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.
PRE-K
In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.
At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.
In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education


 

Almond French Toast Hearts

Almond French Toast Hearts Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 Slices of Bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • Additional confectioners’ sugar
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
 Directions
  1. Cut out bread slices with a 3-3/4-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter; discard trimmings.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs, milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Dip bread on both sides in egg mixture. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Cook bread hearts for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  3. For almond butter, in a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and remaining butter and extract; mix well. Sprinkle French toast with additional confectioners’ sugar. Serve with almond butter and strawberries. Yield: 3 servings.
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