Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

Click above to watch "Classroom, Alive!" about hands on learning in the Early Childhood classroom. For more information, you can also read the related article in the April issue of our monthly E-Letter, Among Friends.

Spotlight on Early Childhood

Students in Early Childhood created Testimony Rocks for the LS Community Service Day. Each rock represented a Quaker testimony. The students had a great time creating and shopping to help raise money for such a special organization – Birthday Wishes Long Island!!

The Play Group students enjoyed a quick FA photo opportunity while exploring the campus on one of their many nature walks. The walk continued with a stroll around the quad which included using their handmade binoculars to look for birds.

Second Grade joined Early Childhood students to celebrate the books the second grade students have been busy writing. This collaborative activity was enjoyed by all.

Early Childhood students use open ended, repurposed materials for building and exploring size, shape, space and color. Each child is given a neutral colored work surface to work upon. Photographs are taken of each structure so the children can revisit their builds through the photos and share dialogue about their creation with their teachers and peers.

The Early Childhood Learning Celebration was an opportunity for the families to come in and see the ongoing learning taking place in the Early Childhood program. Projects and creative work was on display from paintings and peace rocks to block builds. The children each took their families around for a “tour” of the displays. Interactive table stations offered parents and students the opportunity to work together. Thank you to all who attended!

PreK students observed indoor succulent plants, as our introduction to our science unit on plants and seeds. The children had the opportunity to study the plants, discuss their findings, and draw pictures of what they observed.


Pajama Drive/ Art Supply Drive for the children of the Bethany House:

Located in Roosevelt, Bethany House is an organization that provides housing options for homeless women and children. Bethany House defines its mission as "a response to its belief that each person deserves and needs adequate food, clothing, and shelter, provided in a nurturing and sustaining environment."

Drop-off the following at the Withington House between Mon. March 26 and Thurs. March 29:

  • New Children's Spring/Summer Pajamas Sizes 6months-Size14
  • Adult Size Pajamas (for older boys and girls) Size Adult Small for both male and female
  • New Art Supplies
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Watercolor Paint Sets

To learn more about Bethany House please visit

PreK students used process art to create rainbows and pots of gold. The children explored color and texture while learning the color order of the rainbow.

Early Childhood students have been busy discussing ways to bring more peace to our world. One way they suggested, is to spread love and kindness. The students are in the process of creating a unique rock garden where each rock is decorated with a kind word or phrase and painted artwork. The rocks will be on display at the Withington House in a very special place in our peace garden.  

Early Childhood celebrated Chinese New Year by trying traditional foods eaten during this festive event. The children learned all about the various traditions and celebrations that happen during the lunar new year.

Early Childhood students created their own version of the story Chicka Chika Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr.and John Archambault. Their model included using tree log blocks to build a structure and alphabet rocks on top!