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March 2, 2020

posted Mar 2, 2020, 12:14 PM by Dawn Hale
Dear Parents,

I am so excited to tell you about another week of fun and learning.  Last week we worked on the letter T.  In addition to learning how to form the letter and what it sounds like, we also connected the sound of the letter T to learning across the curriculum.  We continued discussing fairy tales and talked about princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog.  It was wonderful how all the stars lined up for this week.  We were able to discuss how Tiana lived in New Orleans; a city in the United States that celebrates Mardi Gras.  We talked about how this day of fun and food is a tradition celebrated around the world, especially in South American countries where they call it carnival.  The kids enjoyed making Mardi Gras masks with their 7th grade buddies, and Miss Megan gave everyone beads.  We also did some science activities that tied to the letter T.  We watched our magnetic trains push and pull with magnets.  We saw how drinks like coffee, tea, and soda can stain our teeth by letting soda stain an egg shell.  Then we brushed the egg with water, and saw the stain was still there.  Finally we brushed with toothpaste and made the shell white again.  We talked about how we should brush our teeth twice a day to keep them clean and healthy.

We also heard an African fairy tale, a Chinese fairy tale, and today a the story of Goldilocks read by our Spanish teacher in Spanish.  I believe it is important to see that great stories are told everywhere.

We also read some other stories to help us focus on the season of Lent.  We read Clifford's Good Deeds.  This helped us understand what a good deed is and how we need to be careful to be sure our good deeds end up helping.  We are tracking our own good deeds, or acts of kindness, in the classroom.  Each day we are noting which deeds on a list of 15 we see done each day and are keeping track of it on a chart.  We had 8 on Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 on Friday.  This is our way of giving to others this Lent.  We also committed to praying more.  We are reading a small devotional each day, and we also attended the Ash Wednesday mass with our buddies.  I also sent some sheets home that can help you take these concepts further at home.  There is a list of 15 good deeds to do at home.  You can try to see how many your family can do each day like we do at school, or just have your preschooler try to do all 15 during lent.  There is also a sheet with footprints.  Each footprint has a prayer, act of service or sacrifice to experience each day of Lent.  I kept this on the fridge when my own kids were small.  It is hard for us to give something up for 40 days, and that is way too much to ask of a 3-5 year old, but a daily goal is very achievable.

We also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We talked about how we start the season of Lent hungry for a closer friendship with Jesus.  We talked about how if we talk to him each day in prayer and work to love our brothers and sisters with acts of kindness, we grow more beautiful in God's eyes.  If we work on praying and performing acts of kindness, this lent, we will be like God's beautiful butterflies.  We even made clothespin caterpillars and put them in paper bag chrysalis's.  When Easter comes, we will turn our caterpillars into butterflies.

This week, we will step away from fairy tales for a bit, and focus on beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.  This is a national week to celebrate reading.  Don't forget our fun dress up days.
Tuesday - Fox in Socks - wear crazy socks
Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday - Wear things that are silly and mismatched
Thursday - The Sleep Book - Wear your pajamas
Friday - One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish - wear red and blue

I hope everyone has a great week.

Mrs. Hale

Dates to remember
Friday, March 6 - Noon Dismissal
Monday, March 16 - Friday March 20 No School for Spring Break
Wednesday, March 25-Thursday, March 26 - Spring Picture Day