A Day in the Life of Classroom 3

i Aug 7th No Comments by

NSSA’s Education Program, The Martin C. Barell School, has four classrooms. Classroom 3 is the second oldest class, with seven students ranging in age from 16 to 17. They spend their days doing classroom work both individually and as a group, doing jobs in the community, and engaging in recreational activities, such as yoga, going in the pool, spending time on the computer, or relaxing in a beanbag chair in a quiet corner of the classroom. That said, every day is a little bit different…so let’s follow the students of Classroom 3 around for one day and see what their actual day is like.

This particular Wednesday started out drippy and steamy as the students arrived at school by bus.

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They put their belongings away in their lockers then went to their classroom where they worked independently on tasks such as filing, counting, following written instructions, etc.

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Early in the morning they headed to one of their job sites at Outback. They go well before opening time to clear off tables, wipe them down then re-set them with menu cards and folded napkins. They fly through their tasks but still do a really good job.

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Great job, guys!

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After finishing their work at Outback, everyone got back in the van to return to school. A few students went right back out to another job site with Classroom 4 and a couple headed to Elija Farm for a meditation class.

When everyone returned a little later, they all met in the gym for yoga with Miss Danielle. The practice involves following instructions, maintaining positions and breathing.

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By this point in their busy day everyone was ready for some savasana!

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After lunch the students had leisure time, during which they can go on the computer or iPad or do puzzles or other favorite classroom pastimes.

Then it’s Smartboard time where students work on taking turns, calendar skills, phonics-based learning and more.

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After their long day the students got to relax until it was time to get on their bus, either having a snack or using a computer or iPad.

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And then it was time to go home after a very full and productive day!

Hope you enjoyed spending the day with Classroom 3!

Let Summer Begin!

i Jul 6th No Comments by

Today, the first day of NSSA/The Martin C. Barell School’s 6-week summer session, brought real summer temperatures and students and clients back out onto the playground for some fresh air and exercise.

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Who doesn’t love swinging with their eyes closed and pretending they’re flying??

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He shoots…He scores!!!

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Le Tour de Barell

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Court is in session.

We look forward to an active summer ahead!

A Day in the Life – Classroom 3

i Jul 22nd No Comments by

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Have you ever wondered what Barell students really do all day? Let’s follow the students of Classroom 3 to see what their day is like….

The students start their day off with some quiet independent work with their teachers – practicing describing the parts of their days using complete sentences, counting using visual prompts, and practicing writing their names.

A little later in the morning the classroom splits up to go to their separate jobs at Applebees and TJ Maxx. The TJ Maxx crew signed in as volunteers and went to work in the storeroom unpacking and sorting new merchandise.

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The TJ Maxx team after a job well-done.

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After work all the students met up again at Barell for lunch before heading to the playground for a little fun, exercise, or just some quiet time outside on a beautiful day.

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Then it was back into the classroom for a group building game of Bingo, a game which develops listening skills and gives students an opportunity to practice matching to sample and sitting appropriately.

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Then it was over to the JCC for a little refreshing leisure time in the pool.

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By the time they got back from swim, it was time to pack up to go home. The students have a little down time waiting to be called for their buses.

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And another day at the Martin C. Barell school comes to a close, and students head home…

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A Rainy Day at NSSA

i Apr 30th No Comments by

We’ve had a *lot* of indoor days due to the weather…but we still keep the students active with fitness schedules and games in the gym.

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Many hands make light work

i Feb 28th No Comments by

Dinner Dance invitations are on the way! And when you get yours, please know that this is the team that collated and stuffed the envelopes and sorted them for delivery to each family. Great job, Classroom 3 Team!


Just a little advance FYI, NSSA’s 22nd Annual Dinner For Our Children will be held on April 5 at Carlyle on the Green, Farmingdale. If you need an invitation and didn’t get one, please email DinnerDance@nssa.net and we’ll send one right out to you!