Newsletter April 30th-May 4th 2018
Week in Review
Notes and Reminders
- Thanks to Alana and Evan’s family for the delicious snack this week!
- We have been supplementing some of the student lunches because they have been eating all their food and are still hungry (sounds like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, right?). Please check in with your child to see if they are eating all their food at lunch and are still hungry. Also, we do offer a daily snack at 2:00.
- Students also have been using a lot of our “disposable” spoons. Please pack a spoon or fork for your child’s lunch if needed.
- Pre-K Graduation: Thursday, May 31st at 4:00pm in the Beaumont Cafeteria (across the lobby from our classroom). Family and friends welcome! More details coming soon.
- BPP always welcomes an exchange of information. We care about your opinions and realize it is important to have a bond of trust in working with your child. On a daily basis, your child’s BPP teacher will be able to talk and share information with you. However, this is usually fairly brief because of the fact that she/he must simultaneously be available for other children and parents. If you want to have an extended, uninterrupted talk about your child, please make an appointment with the Director.
Monday: In Morning Meeting, we introduced Vincent as the final Person of the Week. We also started our new weekly Number Study since we finished our Alphabet Study last week. This week we began with the number 1 and we will continue highlighting a new number every week. Today we read The Umbrella, by Jan Brett and started our discussion of rainforests both temperate and tropical, and the animals that live there. For our project, we categorized animals by the type of rainforest they inhabit. Students also finished painting their papier Mache dinosaur eggs, which will go home this week.
Tuesday: During group time, we read A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni and West Coast Wild by Deborah Hodge. We continued our discussion of tropical and temperate rainforests, and the various creatures that reside in them. Students finished up their categorization of rainforest animals. These will go home in the take home boxes this week.
Wednesday: Today we read In the Rainforest which had some beginning facts about rainforests. We discussed the wide variety of rainforest animals, and talked about our favorites. For our project, students started working on their Rainforest Poem. They thought of their favorite rainforest animal, and we looked at some details from our many rainforest animal books. Students then drew their favorite rainforest animal and gave us some descriptive words to our questions about the animal. Their words became the rainforest poem told in the first person.
Thursday: We read Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes, and “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle. We continued working on our amazing jungle poems in the morning, and had an extra-long recess in the afternoon! We also read Vincent’s Person of the Week book. We are watching the caterpillars hatch from their chrysalis into butterflies. There is so much excitement and enthusiasm around this!
Friday: Today we read The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan Mitchell in our small groups and wrapped up our discussions on the Rainforests. Students also finished up some projects from this week and from the dinosaur week. These projects are hanging up on the walls if you want to check them out. Students enjoyed listening to their Rainforest Poems read aloud to the class during our whole group circle time. By the end of the day, we had 14 butterflies hatched and flying around their terrarium. We will release them to nature on Monday!
Gym Time with Teacher Mike:
This week in the gym we brought the rainforest with us. We played some Snake Tag, Sloth Tag, Poison Dart Frog Tag, Snakes Nest, Snake/Monkey/Frog, Mr. Snake and a few more. We even went on some spring walks and got to enjoy some field time! Next week we will be spending more time on the field where we do not have much shade so a ball cap or sunscreen would be a good choice.