This donation was made possible by the Subaru Loves Learning Project in partnership with the Science Books & Films (SB&F) Project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2015, Subaru created the Subaru Love Promise Campaign—a pledge to do right by the communities in which we all live and work. It is a promise to make a positive impact in the world by focusing on improving neighborhoods and communities. The Subaru Loves Learning Book Donation Event donates outstanding, prize-winning books to schools. The goal is to engage young learners in the world of science and inspire them to want to learn more. These books are designed to supplement existing curriculum by supporting K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, while also helping to build reading and literacy skills.
All books have been awarded the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize (winners and finalists) for Excellence in Science Books. This prize celebrates outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults. The prizes are meant to encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups.
On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Julian Petrella from Hudson Subaru, along with Lead Teacher, Sean Healy delivered the books to four classes at PS #22 school. Each class received a set of books to add to their classroom library. The remainder of books will be distributed to classes for students with learning disabilities throughout the district. The Department of Special Education is grateful for this wonderful opportunity!
Getting Smart with Smarty Ants®!
By: Kristen Nardini
We are excited to introduce Smarty Ants into our Pre-k Autism class at PS #41! Smarty Ants® is an effective, research-driven computer or tablet based program that differentiates instruction and accelerates students on the path to foundational literacy. This program provides instruction in an engaging, interactive, learning environment. The students in Ms. Judson’s class were excited to receive their tablets and get started with learning the program!
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
By: Cara Van Note
At PS #5, Dr. Michael Conti School, Mr. Garner and Ms. Barnes’ 7th and 8th grade class is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. These stellar students have been doing their research on methods to obtain the ultimate goal of health. Along with their hours of researching and group discussions, these students, along with their teachers, have been learning new exercises and eating habits. With limited time in their days, recess time has turned into fitness fun!
During recess, this class has been fully participating in circuit training, as well as different exercises for cardiovascular endurance! Healthy eating has been part of their daily discussions and as a result, many students are choosing fruit for their daily snacks instead of chips! Room 305 continues to learn that healthy bodies result in healthy minds!
By: Jennifer Lawrence, ATR-BC
Puppets are a fun way for our neurodiverse students to practice a range of skills including sensory regulation, psychomotor regulation, social behaviors and skills, and communication skills. Plus they’re super fun and the kids love making and playing with them!
We start the activity reading I Am Human: A Book or Empathy by Susan Verde. This is a wonderful book that invites students to explore all of the things we have in common as humans - our ability to be playful and caring, as well as how we all feel sad and can be hurtful sometimes. The beautiful illustrations help the students engage with the ideas presented, as well as get their artistic juices flowing.
Then we explore our individuality by putting our hands in the middle of the table and discussing how they are different. Students quickly identify differences in skin color. This transitions us nicely into picking out a skin tone paint that best matches each student’s skin. The kids love spending time picking their color, as well as mixing colors to get it just right. They are then faced with some of the first challenges of this activity - holding the puppet in one hand while also holding a paintbrush in the other, managing the discomfort of getting paint on their hands, and again using both hands to wash out their paintbrushes. It ends up being an activity rich in opportunity for bilateral integration and sensory regulation.
Thank you NJCU, Coach Brown, NJCU Men's Basketball Team, Jersey City Police Department, Hudson County Sheriff's Office, and the CHOICES program for making this event possible!
These Eagles are Bouncing with Success!
By: Cara Van Note
At PS #17 Joseph H. Bresinger School, Mrs. Carusone’s classroom is filled with multi-sensory action! During a Sonday System lesson, students incorporate many strategies that include auditory, visual, and kinesthetic approaches. These star students have learned how to spell and read a variety of different types of words that require major effort! Resources are available at students’ fingertips that display different methods to help with their success. Students in Mrs. Carusone’s class touch-spell, air-write, trace and say, and use sand trays to aide in applying different skills. Upon completion of an activity, students are rewarded with using a mini-trampoline to bounce out their hard work! Way to go Bresinger Eagles and Mrs. Caursone, you are multi-sensory stars!
Crocheting for the Community
By: Melissa Cook