A 4th grade class recently had the chance to experience Mystery Skype with @msoskil and his social studies class. Students on both ends eagerly asked questions and marked off states on the map that they knew it could not be. Questions were limited to yes or no only. All scholars had assigned jobs and acted within their roles. Children excitedly whispered thoughts to each other and potential questions. At one point, one if our speakers spoke too quickly in asking his questions to the mystery class and flatly stated ” I take that back” thus generating giggles from the experienced opponents he faced. Just as the students determined where the class was located, @msoskil and his students asked the million dollar question and correctly guessed what state the class was located in. Mystery Skype was a fun and unforgettable learning experience that we can’t wait to try again! I don’t know who had more fun the teachers or the students! Thanks Microsoft for giving us Skype.
The school library is incredibly thrilled to have been featured in School Library Journal’s December issue. To read and see pictures of the school’s scholars in action, please go to the link below.
After reading LaBella Reina’s post on IG, I entered a frequent library patron in the fitness enthusiast’s contest. This specific gym queen is beautiful both inside and out. LaBella Reina graciously posted about her contest to help three children for the holidays. She asked that contestants write a description about why the nominee is special and why the child should be selected. True to her word, LaBella Reina emailed back with some questions pertaining to the child’s favorite activities and later mailed a gift box. My nominee, Javonte, is a bubbly, compassionate boy. Javonte was extremely surprised that a complete stranger cared so much about him. Javonte received Nike cleats, a Knicks jersey, a dress shirt, boxes of Halos galore, inspirational and self-help books and sports books. Javonte was smiling from ear to ear. Special thanks to @Labella_Reinafor her random acts of kindness this holiday season and for flexing her biggest muscle, her heart! She made a young boy feel valued, loved and special.
“What’s your favorite subject?” a child’s mother asked. “Library,” he told me he answered. “Library isn’t a class,” the mom promptly responded. “Oh, yes it is,” he answered. Oh, yes it it!!!
In the school library, I am able to teach research and information literacy skills. Students learn how to evaluate information and find resources. They begin to appreciate literature in new ways. Scholars are able to explore subjects they may have an interest in and expand their thinking. Several special education classes have been also able to learn how to relax, breathe calmly through difficult situations with other classmates or teachers that frustrate them and to let it roll right off. For the last year and a half, several classes have been doing yoga in the library. We begin with a yoga read aloud and then practice poses for 10 to 15 minutes. Yoga is starting to be a way of life. What better place to learn about health and wellness than in the library! In the January 2015 issue of the national magazine, School Library Journal, P.S. 54 scholars are featured as practicing yogi. Namaste.
What do you get when school children grow their own garden? You get hands on learning, healthy eating and motivated and responsible learners. Scholars love gardening and they love being afforded the opportunity to be part of Garden to Cafe. Chefs come into the school and use school grown produce to make new and interesting foods. Exposure in the early ages is so important in order to open children’s minds. And various events make learning memorable and fun. Children also enjoy sampling the exciting flavors!