Spring Session 2016: March 5th

We are exploring Africa in our Spring session. Students are reading and learning about Sierra Leone and tie dying fabric and practicing how to fold for tie dying. Students always share what they have learned by reading from their learning journals to the class. Since we are exploring Africa our read aloud sessions are folktales from Africa. It was a pleasure to have Ms. Cindy Similien-Johnson, Executive Assistant – Community Events Program, Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) read aloud to students “Africa Dream” by Eloise Greenfield. Students enjoyed her reading of the story and they asked many questions. We explored green foods such as broccoli and kiwi and how they help us stay healthy. After all the hard work they have done learning, students took a moment to move around the classroom and stretch.

Photos courtesy of AdanneO

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Fall Session 2015

We examined colorful veggies and learned what they can do for our bodies.

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We learned fitness routines.

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One of our field trips took us to the Grand Army Plaza Library to learn about Mexican dances.

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At another one of our field trips we went to the Asia Society where we learned about East Indian dances and art.

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Yet another of our field trips took us to the farmers market at Fort Greene Park on halloween where we continued our veggie research and took time out to play while waiting to get on a hayride.

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Our community connection with Ms. Diane Lucas Esq., a civil rights lawyer, was a hit. Ms. Lucas joined us for our Read Aloud session.  Students enjoyed her reading aloud of a fairytale and were very excited to learn about her profession and asked many, many questions.

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Throughout the session we learned about East Indian culture and prepared to perform an East Indian version of the Cinderella story. Soraya Senior, our volunteer who is a high school senior, painted our background scenery and parents prepared East Indian foods and drinks.

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This session was supported by grants from Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA)Brooklyn Community Foundation/Healthy Communities Initiative, and the students parents.