WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 8 – 12, 2019

THEME: IT’S SCIENTIFIC

This week our classroom will be busy with scientific activity! At circle time a variety of simple experiments will be conducted and during free choice time we will do a follow-up activity to enhance the learning experience. We plan to experiment with water, bubbles, magnets, and make a colorful volcano and slime in the sensory table!

We’ll experiment with crayon resist to make the letter X this week.

REMINDERS AND REQUESTS:

*Wear your favorite sports team apparel on Tuesday (9th) as we celebrate Opening Day at Fenway Park and discover -what’s inside a baseball?

*This is a good time to check the spare clothes in your child’s backpack.

Please be sure to include socks, underwear, and clothes for spring!

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on April 9th.

*The class photo will be taken on Wednesday, May 1st at 9:30. Order forms will be

sent home as the date nears. Wednesday students will go to Fellowship Hall with their classmates and teachers at 9:30; all others are asked to meet us there for the picture @ 9:30. Hope you will come as we love to have everyone in the picture!

*April vacation week is 4/15 – 4/19. Enjoy the week!

Art Show 2019

Hope to see you at the Art Show on Saturday, April 6th.

Stop by anytime between 10:30-12:00.

The artwork is fantastic and there are some great book raffles and

delicious baked goods!

If you have friends/family looking for preschool for the fall please invite them

to the Art Show, registration information will be available.

WEEK UPDATES: MARCH 25 – 29 and APRIL 1 – 5, 2019

Our unit on spring – YAY! – begins! During these two weeks we will explore this rejuvenating season. We plan to:

  • create spring flowers with a variety of materials,
  • read books and sing songs about spring and springtime activities,
  • learn about the weather we see in springtime and conduct a weather experiment at circle time and at music time we’ll sing Spring is Here!, Birds in a Circle, Over in the Meadow,

Do You See a Sign of Spring and more!

The letter of the week activities are V is for vase and W is for wind.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*If you have signed up to bring a bake sale item for the Art Show please bring

it to school on Friday 4/5 by 12:30 or Saturday morning by 10:15 so we can set up the bake sale table. Thank you!

*Along with the book raffle we are raffling off our wooden doll carriage. It is gently used but ready for many more years of play.

*We recommend wearing boots to school daily as the parking lot and the playground can be wet and messy. Please bring shoes to change into once indoors.

*The April snack calendar is attached. There will be one more snack calendar for May/June. Please send an email if you would like to bring a snack and cannot access the sign up sheet.

*There is a sign up sheet for Tasty Tuesday on April 9th.

*Lunch Bunch will not be held on Friday, April 5thand Friday April 9th.

*Progress reports will be sent home in April. These do not need to be signed or returned. Please call or see your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

WEEKLY UPDATES: MARCH 11 – 15, 2019

This week we are collecting recyclable materials to use in the classroom. We plan to paint, glue, stack, build and sort them while we learnabout the 3 Rs- reduce, reuse, andrecycle!

A fun song we’ll learn this week: (tune is to The More We Get Together)

Reduce, reuse, recycle, recycle, recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle it’s easy to do.

‘Cause your trash and my trash make up way too much trash.

Reduce, reuse recycle it’s easy to do!

The letter of the week activity is T is for Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Wear green on Friday for some St. Patrick’s Day fun!

WEEK OF: MARCH 18 – 22, 2019 THEME: TOOT! HONK! ZOOM!

As we explore transportation this week the children will become aware of the many ways people travel from one place to another. This is a Sharing Week– the children may bring in an item related to their favorite way to travel!

The letter of the week activity is U is for unicycle.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*The April snack calendar will be available to sign this week.

*The Curious George tickets should arrive soon.There is one extra ticket if anyone is interested, just let me know.

*The Art Show will be held on Saturday April 6thfrom 10:30-12:00—see attached.

*Please continue to wear boots and dress warmly in the morning as playground time can still feel like winter even though…Spring is only two weeks away!!

WEEKLY UPDATE: MARCH 4 – 8, 2019

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. -Dr. Seuss

This week we will have fun with a Dr. Seuss theme in honor of his birthday on March 2nd. Many schools recognize this each year on Read Across America Day.

At PPP we will read a selection of books each day and have activities planned related to the stories. Some of the Dr Seuss activities include:

-painting with green finger-paint

– using green play dough

-creating our own Cat in the Hat

-playing rhyming games to reinforce rhyming skills

-a one fish, two fish math activity and

-wearing certain colors or clothes each day- SEE BELOW-

The letter of the week activity is S is for socks.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Monday wear green for Green Eggs and Hamday.

*Tuesday wear silly socks to school as we will be reading The Foot Book and Fox in Socks.

*Wednesday is silly hat/hair day as we’ll read The Cat in the Hat.

*Thursday is wear your pajamas to school day! And we look forward to a visit from Police Officer Jim Grenham on Thursday.

*Friday wear red and blue for One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

*The March snack calendar is attached. Send an email if you would like to sign up for one of the available days.

*We are collecting recyclable materials for an upcoming recycling theme. We can use empty tissue boxes, cereal boxes, egg cartons, newspaper, plastic bottle caps, and round oatmeal containers. Please send these in as soon as possible. Thank you!

WEEKLY UPDATE: FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1, 2019

THEME: TEDDY BEAR CLINIC

This week the dramatic play center will be set up as a doctor’s office called the

Teddy Bear Clinic. Each child is invited to bring in a teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) for a check up on their scheduled sharing day. This will give everyone the chance to visit this area to give their animal a check up and receive a certificate of good health for their animal friend.

Other activities planned for the week include –

– identifying common tools used by physicians,

-creating a doctor’s bag,

-dressing up as doctors and nurses in the dramatic play area and

-a letter R is for rainbow activity.

At music time we will go on a bear hunt, sing Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear and dance the Teddy Bear Freeze!

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Any contributions of doctor props would be greatly appreciated.

Cotton balls and Q-tips will be used for painting and Band-Aids and gauze are

items that can be used to help give our animal friends a good check-up! Thank you!

*The March snack calendar is available to sign. Give a call or email if you’d like

to bring in a snack and are unable to access the sign up sheets.

*The Yellow Apple group has started home visits with the class book buddy,

Knuffle Bunny, and two books by Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunnyand Knuffle Bunny Too. Each child will have the opportunity to bring the book buddy home for two nights and then write about the experience in the class journal. The children are very excited and anxiously awaiting their turn!

WEEKLY UPDATE: JANUARY 21 – 25 and JANUARY 28 – FEBRUARY 1, 2019

THEME: DISCOVER THE RAINFOREST

This week our classroom will come alive with the sights and sounds of a tropical rainforest. We will learn about the levels of the rainforest, the vegetation and the many creatures that inhabit each; including frogs, spiders, snakes, monkeys, jaguars, toucans, butterflies and sloths.

At the science center we’ll explore a coconut and a pineapple and use pattern blocks to make rainforest snakes. Music time will find us singing and moving about like monkeys, alligators, snakes and more!

Books we’ll be reading include: Rainforest Babies- Kathy Darling

Who Lives in the Rainforest? ; Monkeys; and Rainforest Colors-Susan Canizares

The Great Kapok Tree- Lynn Cherry

Flashy, Fantastic Rainforest Frogs- Dorothy Patent

The letter of the week activities are O is for owl and P is for parrot.

**January 28 – February 1 is a SHARING WEEK. The children are asked to bring in an item related to the rainforest theme on their scheduled sharing day.

 

REMINDERS, REQUESTS, AND OTHER INFO:

*There is no school on Monday, 1/21, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

*The classroom bulletin boards will become a tropical rainforest with many of the children’s creations. You will be invited to view all of these at the Art Show which will be held on Saturday, April 6th. More info will come home as the date nears.

*Looking ahead…The children are welcome to distribute Valentine cards to all of their classmates on Monday 2/11 through Wednesday 2/13. Everyone will decorate a bag to receive cards and the bags will be sent home from Wednesday 2/13 – Friday 2/15.There are 22 Red Apples and 15 Yellow Apples.

*Your child may sign the inside of the cards, but please leave the outside envelope blank for ease of distributing the cards.

*The Yellow Apple Group will begin home visits with the class book buddy this week.

Knuffle Bunny, and two books by Mo Willems, will go home with each child for two nights and the children are asked to write about their experience in the class journal. All are looking forward to their turn!

SNACKS:

Monday (21) Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Tuesday (22) graham crackers Matt

Wednesday (23) yogurt Dominic

Thursday (24) fruit Luke, Evie

Friday (25) pretzels Maddox

Monday (28) bananas Georgia

Tuesday (29) cucumbers & dip Sophie

Wednesday (30) Cheerios & raisins Nora

Thursday (31) applesauce & crackers Stella

Friday (1) yogurt

WEEK OF: JANUARY 14 – 18, 2019

THEME: IT’S A SMALL WORLD

This theme will take the children on a journey around the world! Japan, France,

Mexico and Australia are among the places we will visit. We plan to explore a variety of crafts, flags, music, dance, and languages – each country has something different to share!

We’ll learn to say ‘hello’ and ‘friend’ in several languages, dress in cultural attire in the dramatic play center and use lava play dough in the sensory table. At music time we’ll sing a favorite song, Hello to All the Children of the World, Frere Jacques, dance the Mexican Hat Dance and more!

The letter of the week activity is N is for newspaper.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*The February snack calendar is available to sign.

*There will be a Tasty Tuesday lunch on February 12th.

*Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year have been sent home.

Please let me know if you did not receive one yet. Priority registration is open to

PPP families until January 18th. After that date registration will be ongoing and

new families are welcome to register.

*We have a colorful umbrella here that was left at the holiday party.

Let me know if it’s yours!

*Would anyone like to help plan a parent group get- together at Amazement?

Or a trip to the North Shore Music Theater in March to see Curious George?

Please let me know.

SNACKS:

Monday (14) cheese & crackers Vivian

Tuesday (15) chips & salsa Sean Michael

Wednesday (16) carrots & dip Liam

Thursday (17) hummus & pita bread Cooper

Friday (18) bananas

WEEKLY UPDATES: January 2nd – 4th and 7th – 11th, 2019

THEME: ICE EXPLORATION and ARCTIC FREEZE

 

Welcome back and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2019!

We have many fun learning experiences planned for our exploration of winter.

Circle time activities will include reading books about winter, snow, and arctic animals. We’ll go ice fishing with magnetic letters, make bird feeders and play winter charades. There will be a flurry of winter art experiences as we create cotton ball snow scenes, puffy paint snowmen and snow paintings. The sensory table will have snow and ice cubes to observe melting and music time will find us moving like snowflakes, dancing the “freeze dance” and singing winter songs. The words to two are on the reverse.

The letter activity is M is for mitten.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*When wearing snow boots, please send shoes or slippers in the backpack to change into once we’re inside. Wet snow boots make very slippery, wet floors!

*Check the spare clothes in your child’s backpack to be sure warm long pants, and socks are included.

*Snow pants may be worn onto the playground for snowy fun, and we’ll send them home at the end of the day. Please label all outerwear!

*Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year have been sent home. Openings will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

*Enrollment will open up to new families after Friday, January 18th.

If you know of anyone who is interested in attending PPP in the fall they may call  the school @ 978 374- 6678 or email perryparkpreschool@gmail.com to arrange a visit. Thank you!

WEEKLY UPDATE: DECEMBER 3 – 7, 2018

THEME: MUSIC ALL AROUND

Children love music and music plays an important role in their lives. From singing songs and playing instruments, dancing and exercising to music, we will explore all aspects of music this week. Throughout the week we’ll listen to different types of music, learn some new songs and perhaps make up one of our own! Musical activities your child may participate include:

-dancing with scarves

-playing instruments at music time

-decorating musical notes

-painting to music

-recording our voices

-making a musical shaker or tamborine.

The letter of the week is K is for keyboard.

*This is a sharing week. We are asking the children to bring in something related

to music on their scheduled sharing day.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Progress reports will be coming home this week. They do not need to be signed or returned. There are still time slots available to meet with your child’s teacher.

*Attached is the notice for the holiday celebration which will be held on

Friday, December 21stat 9:30. There is no regular preschool class that Friday.

*Registration forms for the 2019-2020 school year will be sent home mid-

December. PPP families are encouraged to return their forms by January 18thto

reserve your first choice schedule. After January 18thenrollment will be open

for new families to register.

More information will come home with the registration forms.

*The January snack calendar is available to sign this week.