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KEEP NEWS June 2, 2017

Theme: This month we had fun learning about fairy tales. We also learned a little bit about castles and castle life.

Science: To go along with our fairy tale unit the children learned about mirrors reflecting and reflection. The children did a stem activity where they built houses of straws, sticks and bricks (Legos). We then had the big bad wolf (a hairdryer) try to blow them down. In another stem activity the children used their choice of cupcake liners, paper, tape, poster board, aluminum foil and bubble wrap to build a bed for baby bear. We then put small stuffed animals on them to see how many it could hold until it broke. We planted beans for the Jack and the bean stalk fairy tale.

Literacy: We read many fairy tales and watched Miss Booksy (a more contemporary version of the fairy tales) on line. We learned about the elements of a fairy tale. We looked at every fairy tale we read and decided which of the elements they contained. We sequenced the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.

Math: We played a Little Red riding hood graphing game. We played an addition and subtraction game for Jack and the bean stalk.

Art: The children made and decorated magic mirrors. They made a fairy godmother and we wrote what they would wish for if they had a fairy god mother. We made 3 little pigs masks and acted out the story. We made stick puppet for Little Red Riding hood and acted out the story. We made hobby horses and crowns.

Dramatic Play: The dramatic play area was set up with capes, crowns, hobby horses, wands and fairy wings. The children had fun pretending to be knights, princesses, kings and fairies.

Sensory table: The table had beans, jewels, small fairies, knights and horses. One week we put sensory sand and beach toys in it. Another week we has water beads and pieces of tubing to put them through.

This month we have an art theme. The children will experiment with different art forms and mediums. We will have an art show to top off the unit. More information will be coming home soon.

Mrs. Storie and Mrs. Hankus

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Pre K News Storie Week May 29-June 2

We loved seeing everyone at the Pre K graduation last night. The children did a wonderful job. Party day was enjoyed by all. Thank you everyone for your help and contributions.

Literacy: We read the books “Splat the Cat: I scream for Ice cream” by Laura Driscoll, and “Should I Share the Ice Cream” by Mia Willems. We played a letter recognition relay game.

Math: We worked on patterns using ice cream flavors.

Fine motor: The children made their names using paper ice cream scoops. They used pool noodles, golf tees and feathers to create bugs.

Sensory Table: beans, jewels, knights, fairies and horses.

Dramatic Play: We have dress up crowns, capes, fairy wings, hobby horses and magic wands. There are also knights, fairies, castles, dragons and horses for the children to use in pretend play.

We have one more day of Pre K on Monday. It will be our Pre K fun day. We have enjoyed spending time with your children this year. Thank you for sharing them with us. We will miss you all! Have a wonderful summer!
Don’t forget we still have 1 more day!
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Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Pre K News Storie Week May 22-26

It has been a busy week. We have been finishing our Insect unit and started a few days of ice cream fun. The children have been working hard on our year end show. I can’t believe our year is coming to an end.

Literacy: We read the books “Butterfly Life Cycle” by Jeff Bauer, “Ladybugs” by Melvin and Gilda Berger and “Make Mine Ice Cream” by Melvin Berger

Math: We learned about symmetry and made butterflies with symmetrical wings. The children played a ladybug math game. They were given a number and then they put that many dots on a ladybug. This game worked on number recognition and 1 to 1 correspondence.

Fine motor: The children worked on gluing, twisting and picking up small objects while working on their various projects and art activities.

Sensory Table: The sensory table was filled with kinetic sand, castle making molds and other sand toys.

Science: We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and the children made their own life cycle project.

Dramatic Play: We have dress up crowns, capes, fairy wings, hobby horses and magic wands. There are also knights, fairies, castles, dragons and horses for the children to use in pretend play.

Art: The children created ice cream cones.
Cooking: Today we made ice cream.

Next Week’s Events:
Monday May 29th No School Memorial Day
Thursday June 1st Pre K Graduation at Center School at 6:30. Please come a little early to enjoy an end of the tear slide show
Friday June 2nd Year end party. A sign up genius has been sent out
Monday June 5th Pre K fun day and our last day of school.
Have a great long weekend! See you on Wednesday!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Pre K News Storie Week May 15-19

This week we began our insect unit. We discussed what an insect is and learned about bees and ants.

Literacy: We read the books “What do insects do?” by Susan Canizares, “Bees” by Julie Murray, “Ants” by Melvin and Gilda Berger and Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. We continue to review our letters.

Math: We played number recognition bingo. The children used insects to make patterns. We reviewed our shapes while making our build a bug art project.

Fine motor: The children wrote their alphabet letters in chalk, made insects out of dauber prints and made ant puppets.

Sensory Table: Our sensory table rocks, sticks, play insects, magnifying glasses and bug catchers.

Science: We brainstormed what insects are, can do and have. We learned a song to help us remember that insects have 3 body parts, 6 legs etc.

Dramatic Play: We have dress up crowns, capes, fairy wings, hobby horses and magic wands. There are also knights, fairies, castles, dragons and horses for the children to use in pretend play.

P.S. Today your child’s spring progress report went home in his/ her folder. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Pre K News Storie Week May 8-12

This week we had fun with Nursery rhymes.

Literacy: We read the books “If the Shoe Fits” by Alison Jackson, “The Clock Struck One” by Trudy Harris and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Keith Chapman. We played the Alphabet soup game where the children scooped out letters and then wrote them. The children had fun reciting Nursery Rhymes.

Math: We played Mouse in a house a number recognition game. The children picked a house and identified the number. After correctly identifying the number the child lifted up the house to see if they found a mouse. We wrote the number 1 to 12 on a clock face and played a spider math game.

Fine motor: The children laced, glued and cut for our various nursery rhyme projects.

Sensory Table: Our sensory table contained beans, knights, horses, plastic eggs and blocks to build walls for Humpty Dumpty.

Science: We conducted an experiment for Humpty Dumpty. We built a wall for Humpty Dumpty. We then placed a raw egg on the wall and knocked it down and then placed a hardboiled egg on the wall and knocked it down. We compared what happened to the eggs when they fell.

Dramatic Play: We have doll houses and vehicles in dramatic play. The children have been having lots of fun playing house.
Have a great weekend!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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May Pre-K News

May Happenings
This year is almost over and the children have grown so much.
This month we will do an All about Me Unit, learn about nursery rhymes insects, get ready for graduation on the 1st of June and have ice cream fun. Please keep an eye out for future updates.

May Themes
All About Me
Fairy Tales
Insects
Ice Cream

Dates to Remember
May 29th- Memorial Day No School
June 1st- Pre K Graduation (This will take place in the evening. More information to follow)
June 2nd- Pre K year end celebration (Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius after vacation)
June 5- Last day of Pre K

Items Needed
Summer Fun stickers
Insect Stickers

Create a learning game that gets your child moving!

This is a fun way to work on number recognition or alphabet recognition.
Simply write numbers or letter on a sheet of paper. Give your child a fly swatter and let them swat the letter or number you call out. A great way to incorporate learning and movement!

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KEEP NEWS April 21, 2017

Theme: This month our theme was spring and Easter. We spent time discussing spring changes.
Science: While exploring our spring unit we did a few experiments and explored some science topics. While discussing clouds the children did an experiment using a container of water, shaving cream topping and food coloring. The children dropped food coloring onto the shaving cream. Like raindrops the heavy food coloring works its way through the cloud and rains down into the water (atmosphere).
We made a list of what plants have (roots leaves etc.) what plants need (soil, water, sun and air), and what they give (flowers, fruits, veg). The children then made a picture and labeled what plants need.
We discussed the term oviparous. It means to produce eggs that hatch. We talked about which animals hatch from eggs. The children did a STEM activity where they tried to figure out how to make towers and creations with plastic eggs and play dough.

Math: We talked about which animals hatch from eggs and did a sorting activity and project. They picked an animal picture and decided whether it hatched or didn’t hatch. They then placed it into the appropriate column. We sorted and counted jelly beans. We also sorted gummy snacks into the colors of the rainbow. We counted and wrote the numbers.

Literacy: The children have many opportunities to practice their writing. A few structured ones this month included describing the clouds they made, writing spring words on their rainbows and writing about the animal they drew which hatched from an egg. We worked on sequencing by sequencing the order of events in the story “Little Cloud”.

Art: We used puffy paint to make clouds. We painted with pasta (worms) and made worms using pipe cleaners and beads. We used the medium of chalk pastels to create a spring picture. We used chalk and water to make large Easter eggs. The children drew a picture of an animal that hatches from eggs. We made kites when we discussed wind.

Other Activities: We had an Easter egg scavenger hunt.
As you can see we have been very busy learning and having fun.

Next moth we will learn about the country of Mexico and study fairy tales.

Enjoy your vacation next week!
Mrs. Storie and Mrs. Hankus

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Pre K News Storie Week April 17-21

We had a very busy week with all our fun days. Thank you to all the dad’s and granddads who came in for our Dad’s and Donuts day on Monday. The children really enjoyed having you visit their classroom.

Literacy: We read the book “Riki’s Birdhouse” by Monica Wellington and we practiced the letter Z.
We played a letter and sound recognition game also.

Math: We reviewed shapes while making paper bird houses.

Fine motor: The children tore pieces of paper to glue onto a nest. They then glued in paper birds and added beaks, eyes and feathers. The children strung cheerios on pipe cleaners to make bird feeders. The children strung leis made of paper flowers and straws for Luau day. They also made sand castles.

Sensory Table: Filled with birdseed, small eggs, feathers and small birds.

Science: We had an in house field trip from curious creatures. The children got to see and touch (if they chose to) many different types of animals. The presenter gave the children fun facts about the creatures. We saw a tortoise, turtles, a rabbit, a chinchilla, an alligator, a corn snake, a boa constrictor, a Guinea pig and a King snake.

Art: The children painted using feathers for paint brushes. The children made their last art page for their alphabet art book.

Dramatic Play: We had a large nest filled with shredded paper, stuffed birds, and eggs.

I hope you all enjoy your vacation next week. See everyone in May!

Mr. Storie and Mrs. Brand

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Spring Fling, Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 12-3pm

Windham Coop Spring Fling 2016

Spring Fling, Sunday, May 7th, 2017, 12-3pm

As part of the schools mission, we promote service to the community, positive family relationships and an overall healthy lifestyle. On Sunday, May 7th, from 12-3pm we will be hosting our annual Spring Fling, a community fair focused on wellness. The event will include a Kids Fun Run, field day activities, entertainment provided by members of the community, a Raffle and Silent Auction and food provided by local restaurants. The Spring Fling is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and is open to the community.

Entertainment:

∗ 12pm NEW THIS YEAR! COLOR Fun Run
∗ 12:30- 1pm Kids Yoga Demo with Audra
∗ 1:30-2:15pm Mr. Fothergill’s Musical Imagination Show
∗ 3pm Raffle Drawing and Silent Auction Winners
∗ Touch a truck and visit from the Windham Fire Department
∗ Fingerprinting and visit from the Windham Police Department
∗ Bounce House provided by Access Tent
∗ Glitter Tattoos
∗ Teddy Bear Clinic (Bring your favorite Stuffed Animal for a check up!)
∗ Handprint Tiles: Have your child leave a lasting mark on our School!
∗ Field Day Games
∗ Ice cream truck
∗ Food!

Raffle Items
Winners will be announced at 3pm at the Spring Fling. Tickets go on sale May1st!

White Raffle Tickets: $5 each or 6 for $25
White Raffle Tickets are for the following Items only!

∗ Autographed New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski Photo

Blue Raffle Tickets: $1 each, 6 for $5, or 25 for $20
Blue Raffle Tickets are for the following Items only!

∗ $100 King Arthur Flour Gift Certificate which can be used towards baking class tuition, on-line shopping, or at the retail/cafe in Norwich VT
∗ Rodan + Fields Fun in the Sun gift basket. A $100 value!
Beauty Counter Fun in the Sun for kids and moms. A $100 value!
∗ 4 Tickets to a UMass Lowell River Hawks Hockey game. Includes an autographed jersey and UMass Lowell Flag.
∗ $70 Painter’s Certificate for Muse Paintbar
∗ 4 VIP Passes to York’s Wild Kingdom An $89 value!
∗ Private Brewery Tour & Tasting for 4 at 603 Brewery in Londonderry, NH
∗ 2 Day Passes to to Story Land in Glen, NH. A $67.98 value!
∗ 2 admissions to Santa’s Village. A $64 value!
∗ Wellness package from Body and Mind Physical Therapy and Wellness, package includes a half hour massage with aromatherapy with Nina Gilbert, a bottle of Deep Sleep mist and a rollerball of Savasana. A $55 value!
∗ 6 Studio Fee Certificates to You’re Fired, each good for an $8 adult studio fee. A $48 value!
∗ A Wine Tasting and Tour for two at Hermit Woods Winery which includes four 19 oz. Hermit Woods tasting glasses, tour buttons, samples of wine from a barrel or stainless steel fermenter during your tour, and premium tastings of six wines in our tasting room. A $40 value!
∗ 4 free admission passes to Cowabunga’s
∗ 2 1 hour Jump Passes to Launch Trampoline Park in Methuen, MA
∗ $25 Gift Card to the Lobster Tail in Windham, NH
∗ $25 Gift Card to The Art House of Windham
∗ $25 Gift Card to Granfanally’s
∗ $25 T-BONES/CJ’s Dining Certificate
∗ $25 Maddie’s Gift Card
∗ $25 BeanTowne Gift Card
∗ $25 Gift Certificate to Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith, NH
∗ Gym-Ken Gymnastics Open Gym Passbook (5 passes)
∗ Class Basket – Mrs. Bois PreK Learning in Many Ways
∗ Class Basket – Mrs. Desrosiers MWF Nursery Game Night
∗ Class Basket – Mrs. Hankus PreK Art Fun
∗ Class Basket – Mrs. Storie PreK Movie Night
∗ Class Basket – Mrs. Bois and Mrs. Desrosiers T/Th Nursery Beach Fun
∗ Class Basket – KEEP Sports

A very big thank you to all our donors!







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April Pre K News Storie

April Happenings
In April we will be finishing the alphabet and our alphabet books. We will be concentrating on beginning sounds and letter review for the rest of the year. In math we will be continuing our number formation, estimating, graphing, and classifying. We will be learning about spring changes, birds and weather. We will have some Easter fun.

Items Needed

• Spring stickers
• Glue sticks
• Bug stickers

Upcoming Event
• April 12- Field trip to Quarry brook
• April 17 – Dad’s and Donuts
• April 21 – Curious creatures will be at the school
• April 22- May 1st spring break

Fields Trip
On Wednesday April 12th we will be having a field trip to Quarrybrook Science Center. We ask that you drop your child off at the science center at 9:00 and pick up at 11:00. If your child is attending PEEP, you may drive them back to the school. More details on the field trip will follow.

Dads and Donuts
We will be having a special day for dads in our class on Monday, April 17th. Dads (or other family member) will be invited in at drop off for a simple light breakfast with your child.

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