May 3, 2018

LEDP KINDERGARTEN NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2018
April showers (or snow) bring May flowers
ACTIVITIES
April began with a week and half long unit on the Solar System. It is
amazing how much knowledge our little 5 and 6 year olds have, and their
excitement sharing about the different features of our planets, and their
location in our solar system. We were told many many times that Pluto is
no longer a planet - it’s too small!! We took our time learning about each
planet individually, and the Kindergarteners were hard at work painting
each planet, cutting and gluing the planets on their solar system. Upon
completion, the projects were sent home for everyone’s enjoyment. Below
are a few pictures of the finished project! Just a sampling of the many
masterpieces our talented kids produce.
Our next unit was all about bugs. We began with an introduction of the
parts of a bug, followed by the many characteristics of bugs including what
they are, what they can do, and what they have. See our insects chart
below, together with our Favorite Insects Chart and Make Your Own
Insects displayed on our bulletin board inside the room - the creativity is
amazing!
We had a much needed April vacation, and hope all of our families had an
opportunity to spend some time together to rest and rejuvenate in
preparation for the last few months of school.
Back from vacation (and coincidentally, a great time to be a Boston sports
fan), our unit on the Wide World of Sports began by highlighting our local
Boston teams. More importantly, we spent time having productive
conversations on sportsmanship, not being afraid to try new sports, and
how playing sports is not only a great way to stay active physically, but also
a way to make new friends, discover something that you really like to do,
and have fun.


READING BUDDIES
The program with the 3rd graders on Tuesdays continues, and everyone
seems to be benefitting from this collaboration. Following our reading time,
the two grades are participating together in either an active game in the
gym, or playing board games in the cafeteria. Both grades look forward to
their weekly meeting.


IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS
EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS
MEMORIAL DAY - LEDP will be CLOSED on Monday, May 28th in
observance of Memorial Day.
LAWRENCE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (LSA)
LSA classes begin the week of April 30th. We will accompany the
Kindergarteners to and from their classes that meet on Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday.
Best regards,
Donna, Esther, Zariah and Allison
May 1, 2018


May 13, 2018

Bug unit. Sports theme.


April 4, 2018

LEDP KINDERGARTEN NEWSLETTER

 

MARCH 2018

 

Spring is in the air…….. (almost)

 

 

ACTIVITIES

 

The month of March began with a celebration of Dr. Seuss. Many of our

 

kindergarteners love the books written by Dr. Seuss, and very attentively

 

listened at reading time to the classics - The Lorax, Green Eggs & Ham,

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Cat in the Hat, followed by

 

classroom projects related to the books we enjoyed. We had a birthday

 

celebration on March 2nd with a Seussy Snack to end our unit.

 

Our next unit focused on farm animals. The kids learned about What A

 

Farmer Does, and What Grows On A Farm, and we introduced a math

 

activity using different kinds of beans to Plant a Pattern.

 

Learning about dinosaurs was a favorite unit this month. The activities

 

included making your own dinosaur fossil, participating in a hands-on

 

excavation of dinosaur ice eggs. We were so lucky to have Gus, our

 

friend from 4th grade, visit the classroom to extend his encyclopedia

 

knowledge about all things dinosaurs. The kindergarteners had very

 

insightful and curious questions.

 

A lucky leprechaun was the activity to celebrate St. Patricks Day and end

 

the week.

 

Although Old Man Winter had a different plan (3 snow days during March),

 

we welcomed the first day of Spring on March 20th with a very colorful

 

paper plate flower using paint and tissue paper. It is a very cheerful

 

additional to our bulletin board inside the classroom - Spring Is In the Air,

 

and hopefully here to stay. We planted some lima beans in paper cups,

 

and are patiently awaiting signs of growth. Stay tuned!

 

To complete the month, we have been working on the Solar System and

 

each day highlight a specific planet in our Solar System. We read about

 

the planet, and the kids are in the process of creating (using paints and

 

other materials) their own Solar System to bring home when finished.

 

 

MENTORING

 

Our 4/5/6 mentors each shared in reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by

 

Laura Joffe Numeroff. After reading, the mentors assisted the kids in

 

making a paper bag puppet of the Mouse from the story. Such a fun

 

activity enjoyed by all ages.

 

 

READING BUDDIES

 

We continue our collaboration on Tuesday afternoon with 3rd grade for our

 

reading buddies program. Recently we have been following our reading

 

with active games in the gym. Both groups are having fun, and a nice way

 

to end the day.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

 

EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS

 

Wednesday, April 4th

 

Tuesday, April 10th

 

Wednesday, April 25th

 

Kindergarteners who are scheduled for the above days will be picked up

 

from their classrooms at 12:40 p.m

 

 

PATRIOTS DAY

 

LEDP will be CLOSED on Monday, April 16th in observance of Patriots

 

Day.

 

 

APRIL SCHOOL VACATION

 

LEDP will be open from April 17th - 20th for those registered to attend

 

vacation care. Emails were sent with details of the week. If you need care,

 

please complete the permission slips and return by Thursday, April 12,

 

2018.

 

Our scheduled events for April School Vacation are as follows:

 

Tuesday, April 17 - YoYo Man at Lawrence School

 

Wednesday, April 18 - Franklin Park Zoo (9:30 a.m. bus departure)

 

Thursday, April 19 - Puppet Show Place

 

Friday, April 20 - In-House Movie/Special Snack

 

 

RE-ENROLLMENT

 

Its re-enrollment time for LEDP! If you are planning on having your child in

 

the program, now is the time to re-enroll. Emails have gone out! Forms

 

and $50.00 non-refundable and non-transferable check should be returned

 

to the LEDP office by Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 

 

LAWRENCE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (LSA)

 

Registration April 7th-15th for the Spring session. Classes will begin

 

following April vacation for a six-week session. We will accompany the

 

Kindergarteners to and from their classes that meet on Monday, Tuesday

 

and Wednesday.

 

Happy Spring to all of our LEDP families,

 

Donna, Esther, Zariah and Allison

 

April 2, 2018

 

 

 


April 4, 2018

Dinosaurs and Hello Spring!


March 19, 2018

Dinosaurs and Dr. Seuss


March 11, 2018

Kindergarten Farm


March 6, 2018

ACTIVITIES

LEDP KINDERGARTEN NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2018

Love is.............

Our month began with learning about Nutrition. One of our activities included drawing the different types of foods your family shops for, telling the class where your family shops (Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s being the favorites), and putting them in your “shopping cart”. Another activity to learn about nutrition was to cut from magazines all the healthy choice foods our families eat, and display them on our paper plate. We made mixed berry smoothies to enjoy with our snack to finish our week on Nutrition.

The 2018 Winter Olympics took center stage the following week with the kids learning about the different winter sports that the best athletes from all over the world compete in. We also learned about the meaning of Olympic Ring and what each colored represented. The 2018 Winter Olympics were held in PyeongChang, South Korea. The adorable white tiger mascot, Soohorang, adorned the space over our cubbies. The Kindergartners also made Olympic banners, medals and torches to coincide with the opening ceremonies.

Love was in the air in our week prior to February vacation as we celebrated Valentine’s Week with lots of “heartfelt” crafts. Of course, the favorite meaning decorate your own heart-shaped sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles. Here are a few of the responses when the kids were asked, What Do You Love? Brandon - his dog Chloe; JoJo - his sister Rose; Abraham - going to hockey games; Brynley - her sister Veronica; Matthew - Ferraris; Ashley - her little sister Chloe; Tasneem - her brother;Ibrahiam;  Musa - his kitty cat; and Daniel - LegoLand.

MENTORING

We met our 4/5/6 mentors in the small gym this month, and had a good time playing such games as “Doggie Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?” and the Penguin Waddle Race.

READING BUDDIES

We will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 4:45 p.m. in the small gym for our reading buddies program with the 3rd grade. We have incorporated playing some games indoors with both classes participating and the kids all seem to really enjoy this part of the day.

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS

LAWRENCE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (LSA)

Classes for the winter session continue, and we will accompany the Kindergarteners to and from their classes that meet on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

PLAYDATES

If your child has a playdate or will not be attending LEDP, please let us know by email at Mary_Gardiner@psbma.org or call the office at 617-879-4379.

SNACK

LEDP provides daily snack, but children are welcome to bring a snack from home in case they do not like the snack we provide. Please be sure snacks from home are NUT FREE.

CLOTHING

Please remember to label all clothing, and send in appropriate weather related clothing (jackets, hats, scarves, mittens) as we will continue to spend time outside playing.

CUBBIES

Please be sure to take home all the wonderful projects created during LEDP .
 
Holiday Care:  
LEDP will hold care for Good Friday and April Vacation.   Please watch for an email to sign up.    It's coming soon.  

Best regards,

Donna, Esther and Zariah March 5, 2018