NEWS FROM THE CLASSROOM

Latest news from the Preschool classes

Sensational Sensory Play

This week in our Beluga pod we have been continuing with our apple theme. We have been reading many apple-themed books, learning about the life cycle of an apple tree, and weighing and measuring apples.  Next week we plan on tasting different kinds of apples and apple...

What are learning centers?

By Christina Stien, Preschool Teacher Learning centers are an integral part of our classroom for students. Learning centers are a purposeful way of dividing up your classroom into different subject/learning areas. The location of each learning center, placement of...

Putting Our Hands On Exceptional Learning

By Amethyst Harmston, Preschool Teacher The first couple weeks of school are always interesting. As we use our Responsive Classroom techniques to get to know one another and our classroom community a little better, we begin to come out of our shells and our creative...

Building Community with Morning Meeting

As a teacher, one thing that I love at PNA is the mission statement the school has:  We educate students to be exceptional learners and independent thinkers of vision, courage, and integrity. This statement is frequently discussed among staff members, and it is at the...

It’s Just Trash….or Is It?

When our Beluga class celebrated Earth Day, I thought a week would be enough to satisfy the children’s interest, but it turns out that we were just getting started! After a general overview of basic things each of us could do to help the earth, we have begun exploring...

The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning

For the past month or two in the Beluga classroom we have been actively focusing on feelings and our relationships with others. Sometimes “friendship” may actually be the theme for the month, as it often is during the month of February, but it is also is an underlying...

Learning & Play

Every student learns at their own pace, and in their own way. However, one thing that's true about all Orca friends is that they love to play and learn! So how can we, as teachers, meet their academic and enjoyment needs? That's easy! Games! Academic games are a great...

The ABC’s of Reading

One of the major tasks of early education is helping children begin to acquire the skills which will help them become readers. Teachers use a multitude of techniques, games and activities to help teach these skills, but the love of reading and the desire to learn to...

Beginning to Look Outward

One of the things which is most wonderful about Anchorage is that it is such a culturally-rich place to live. Because our population is so diverse, it is certain that we and our children will have friends, classmates and co-workers of many different ethnicities and...

Holiday Fun

​This week in the Beluga classroom as we have been preparing for winter break, we have had LOTS of holiday fun! We have been painting and crafting every day, and made several holiday gifts. The children's excitement has grown each day! We began the month of December...

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