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May News: Week of May 9

Memorial Day Parade 2022

We are excited to announce that we will be marching in the New Providence Memorial Day Parade again this year! The Parade takes place on Monday May 30th at 10am. Please check you email for more details

St Jude’s Trike-a-Thon – Please note change of date

This year we are able to hold our Trike-a-Thon Fundraiser in person so look our for an email telling you how to sign up soon.  The event will take place on Sunday June 12th.


Peapods I

The Peapods are so happy to welcome Smith to our Peapod family! We are looking forward to watching Smith grow and thrive. This week we had fun playing with our maracas again. We love to shake and bang them. Ms. Laura helped us sing “Baby Shark”. It’s so much fun “dancing“ to some of our favorite songs. Some of us are discovering when we stand by the gate we can see friends from other rooms. We love seeing everyone pass by our room and wave.

Ms. Lu and Ms. Kristina read Mr. Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly both by Eric Carle.

Peapods II

Happy Friday! This week was really great. We are in May now and the sun is coming out more and more each day. We used our dot markers to color a picture of a bright sun for our teachers to hang around the room. We also pasted shapes on a paper kite and pretended to fly them around the room. We played with our waffle blocks this week and helped our teachers create a very tall tower.

As the days are getting warmer and the sun is shining please bring in sunscreen or sun hats to help protect our precious baby skin. A dispense form needs to be signed for sunscreen so please ask our teachers if you need one. Have a great weekend everyone!



What a great week the Seedlings had! We enjoyed the beautiful weather and can’t get enough time outside in our playground! We had so much fun running and going down the slide in the sunshine!

In our room, we had a great time free coloring our flowers for the walls and then put paint on our feet to make footprints on a huge paper! We were amazed by our artwork but some of us are very ticklish on our feet.  It’s currently on our wall and we all point to it and say “Feet!” very excitedly.

During circle time, we read Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Anderson and David Wojtowycz and we sang “The Ants Go Marching”.


Little Sprouts

This week in Little Sprouts our theme was family. We had so much fun making a house and putting our family pictures inside of them! We also enjoyed singing “Finger Family”. We even had a Lego and play dough party! We can not wait to explore colors next week!



This week in Beanstalks we learned about the Farm, who works on a farm, what animals we see on the farm and how the farm helps our community by providing the vegetables and fruit we eat everyday. We made a pig and a tractor using shapes. We also worked on our letter recognition by matching the letter to the barn house that it belonged to.

We sang “Old McDonald Had a Farm“ and “There was a Farmer had a Dog”. We read Little Critter Our Trip to the Farm  by Mercy Mayer,  Cows Can’t Fly by David Milgrim and Baaa, Moo, What Will We Do by A.H. Benjamin.

We used marbles to paint our pig and rolled play dough to make shapes. We played with a tractor  to see what marks they leave in the farmyard. Next week we will learn about the Zoo.

Beanstalks II

Beanstalks II have been very busy learning about the 3 R’s. This week we talked about reusing items. The children ripped up paper, put the paper in water to clean off the ink, strained the water and laid the pulp (wet paper) flat to make new paper. Once it dries, we are going to draw a beautiful picture on the paper.

We used milk jugs to make piggy banks and we made flowers out of water bottle bottoms. We used our fine motor skills while threading straws through paper towel rolls and drew shapes in shaving cream.

We read Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman as well as The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle and The Adventures of an Aluminum Can both by Alison Inches.



This week, we wrapped up our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle unit. We have learned so much about how to help our planet over these past few weeks and we have become recycling experts! We created some more upcycled crafts this week such as water bottle jellyfish and paper towel roll rocket ships!

We also practiced tracing and identifying shapes and counting. We read some of our favorite books from the study like Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli, I Stink! by Jim and Kate McMullan, and What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. We had tons of fun exercising at Stretch and Grow. Next week, we will begin our Buildings study. Have a great weekend!


Pre K 3

This week we ended our study on Recycling! We learned so much over the past couple of weeks! We are ready to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Our stories this week were Oil by Johan Winter and Little Turtle and the Changing Sea by Becky Davies.

By reading our two stories we learned how oil and trash can harm the oceans and the animals who live there.  With al the recycling we had collected in the classroom we made a recycled shape art! Also with recycled caps we made AB patterns.

Next we’re going to practice making ABC patterns! We’re excited to start our next building study next week!

Pre K 4

This week in Pre K 4 the children learned about the zoo. We talked about the types of habitats and which animal can be found in each. We learned to classify the animals by their individual characteristics and finally, we learned the job of a zookeeper. The children enjoyed answering zoo themed Questions of the Day and writing about a zoo for this weeks journal entry. We read The View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom and Fiona the Hippo, a story about a baby hippopotamus born at the Cincinnati Zoo.

In lieu of our Handwriting Without Tears curriculum, which we have finished, we continued working on recognizing sight words. Art was created with some of the words and other words were traced or copied. Using mini zoo animal erasers as counters, we worked on some addition problems. The children also reviewed patterns and writing numbers sequentially.

Next the children can look forward to learning about Space!