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Moving Through March in the 3's

Good afternoon 3’s families,

It’s hard to believe that the next time we come to school, it will be April! We have been having a blast with all of our dinosaur activities. This week, we added in some spring activities as well. We had so much fun this week, we forgot to take pictures!! More photos coming next week.

This week at CIRCLE TIME,

· We read If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most. This was a silly story about what life would be like if dinosaurs came back to live with humans. We have been talking about the difference between real versus pretend when we read stories. Luckily, this was a pretend story, and all of the dinosaurs were very human-friendly!

· We brought our Class Monster back out and this week he ate SHAPES! Children learn academic readiness skills (shapes, numbers, letters, etc) at different paces. The Monster game is a good opportunity for all of the students to practice shape identification.

· We danced during music and movement.

What’s new in CENTERS this week

Playdough Bins: Still enjoying our sparkly-purple playdough. The kiddos have been working hard and building up strength in their hands and fingers using the scissors and squeezers.

Art: The children used glue bottles to make spring bunny and egg collages. They glued on googly eyes, pom poms and confetti. They also used little wooden “pencils” to scratch and draw spring shapes. The boys and girls loved scraping all the black off the shapes with the “pencils”.

Discovery Bins: Magnetic discovery bottles. The students discovered that paperclips, pipe cleaners, nuts and bolts are magnetic.

Yellow Bins: Fine motor practice this week with lacing beads.

Green Bins: Still enjoying the dinosaurs, landscape blocks and paper oceans in this center. The children have been teaming up to build some pretty impressive towers!

Red Bins: Dollhouse, community helper vehicles and Paw Patrol characters are still a big hit in this center!

Pretend Center: The children are still making lots of pizzas and sandwiches. They are getting really good at “slicing” the fruits, veggies and breads while making sandwiches!

Next week, we will move on to our April theme: springtime and PETE THE CAT! Pete the Cat books are some of our FAVORITE books and we can’t wait to share the stories and Pete-themed activities with the students! Please note: NO SCHOOL NEXT FRIDAY 4/2 due to the holiday.

Your teachers,

Brenda Daday & Christina Renoni


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