WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 29 – MAY 3, 2019

Theme: Old MacDonald’s Farm

This week’s activities will center on farm life. We will be discussing what grows on a farm, what animals live there, and what machinery is used. Some of the learning experiences will include:

-exploring the barn and animals in the block area

-completing large farm floor puzzles

-making butter for snack on Wednesday

-playing animal games at circle time

-creating a barn, and farm animals at the art tables and

-painting farm animals at the easel.

The letter of the week activity is Z is for zebra.

Music and movement experiences will have us singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm, The Farmer in the Dell, Baa-Baa Black Sheep, Down On the Farm by Greg and Steve and Laurie Berkner’s I love My Rooster and I Know A Chicken.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Wednesday,May 1st is class picture day. 

Wednesday students will go to Fellowship Hall at 9:30 with their teachers for the picture. All others are asked to meet us there for the picture. Buying the picture is optional but we hope all children will come to be in the picture at 9:30!

*The May/June snack calendars are available to sign. May, June, July and August birthdays are listed on this calendar so please check for your child’s birthday snack day.

*A preschool survey is coming home today. We appreciate your responses and feedback on your child’s preschool experience at PPP.

*Sign up sheets for the summer program will be out next week

WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 22 – 26, 2019

THEME: THAT’S MY JOB

This week we will explore a variety of occupations. The activities planned include:

-reading books about workers in our community

-completing a When I Grow Up writing activity

– story time with the Groveland Librarian, Meghan McCabe, on Tuesday

-touring Ms. Sherry’s school bus and

-a letter Y is for yellow activity.

This is also a SHARING WEEK. The children are asked to bring in an item related to any occupation on their scheduled sharing day.

If anyone would like to come into the classroom to share their job with the class please see a teacher to schedule a day & time over the next few weeks.

REMINDERS, REQUESTS AND OTHER INFO:

*Wednesday, May 1st, the class picture will be taken at 9:30. Non-Wednesday children are asked to meet us in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 for the picture.

Purchasing the picture is optional but we hope everyone will come to be in the class photo. Order forms will be sent home as soon as we receive them from Hockmeyer Studios.

*The Art Show was a great success! Thanks to all who came to view the fantastic art work- the children were so proud to show their creations! 

*PPP is offering a summer program for three weeks in July. Each session meets Monday – Thursday from 9:00-12:30 and costs $125 per child per session. The program will run July 8 – 11, July 15 – 18 and July 22 – 25. Information and a signup sheet will be out after April vacation week.

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