Burnet Hill Preschool Students Reveal "Tiny Village" Version of Livingston Township


LIVINGSTON, NJ — To celebrate the completion of their recent study unit on boxes, preschool students at Burnet Hill Elementary School created their own “Tiny Village” out of shoeboxes and other materials.

Teachers, administrators, Superintendent of Schools Christina Steffner and members of the school board, members on the Livingston Police and Fire Departments, Mayor Shawn Klein and members of the township council joined the Pre-K integrated and special needs students on Wednesday for a celebratory ribbon cutting of the “Tiny Village.” They also sang a few songs with the students, including “This Little Light of Mine” and other songs about learning.

Organized by Burnet Hill Preschool teacher Loren Svetvilas, students created a miniature version of their homes with their parents. Business owners were also invited to create replicas of their business, which were added to the tiny village.

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Each class assembled homes in a small neighborhood, which was surrounded by mini roads.

“We just completed a unit on buildings where we address a lot of the skills they will need in kindergarten,” said Svetvilas. “We tried to keep it centered around local business rather than the bigger stores in town.”

During this unit, students learned about topics such as size and shape. The "Tiny Village" featured a small version of the Township of Livingston, complete with a road, a town center, family homes, stores, shops, a fire department, police station, post office, a school, and more.

The “Tiny Village” will remain at the school until Thursday so that the rest of the school can view it.

Svetvilas said the next unit the students will be studying is all about clothing.

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