Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What a snowy few weeks! We continued learning about community helpers. We talked
about everyone who helps us in our communities:  police officers, firefighters, dentists,
librarians, doctors, teachers, and nurses. The children enjoyed sharing their 
experiences of going to the dentist and picking a flavor of toothpaste!

For our small groups, we practiced counting and producing small groups of objects. 
The children had to give a specific number of bandages to a doctor. They had fun 
making sure they had just the right number! We also matched community helpers 
to the vehicles and tools they use to do their jobs. We matched uppercase letters to 
lowercase letters and then practiced writing the letters. They were all very careful to 
take their time and do their best writing! We made an ABC pattern using police officers, 
mail carriers, and firefighters, and we sequenced brushing our teeth.
Books we read:

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
A Day in the Life of a Police Officer by Margret and H.A. Rey
Curious George Visits the Library by Linda Hayward
Helpers in my Community by Bobbie Kalman

Dramatic Play: Construction and birthday party
Sensory:  Water and moon Sand
Art: Making firefighters, decorating stamps
Writing: Magnet boards
Blocks: Dollhouses and farms
Manipulatives:  Gears and iPads

Next week we will start the next unit, on Transportation.

Friday, February 16, 2018

We had a busy and fun week! We are learning about communities and community
helpers. This week we focused on firefighters. We talked about what firefighters wear 
to fight fires, special equipment they use and what they do at the fire station when 
there’s not a fire. We also talked about the dentist and brushing our teeth. The 
children were excited to share what kind of toothbrushes they have and also what 
flavors of toothpaste they like best (marshmallow, bubblegum, and watermelon were 
mentioned a lot)! In our small groups, we sequenced our unit book, A Pocket for 
Corduroy. We also practiced letter recognition by playing alphabet bingo, and 
practiced positional words. We also had a small Valentine's day celebration on 
Wednesday. The children had fun handing out their cards!
Centers this week:

Dramatic Play: Construction
Sensory:  Artificial snow
Art: Valentine’s Day cards
Writing: iPads
Blocks: Lincoln logs
Manipulatives: Magnetic shapes

Books we read:

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
A Day in the Life of a Firefighter by Linda Hayward
Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Meyer
Brushing My Teeth! by Dawn Sirret

Please note that there is no school next week, February 19th - 23rd. School re-opens on Monday, February 26th. Have a good week!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Possible Early Dismissal Tomorrow

Dear Families,

With the uncertainty of tomorrow’s predicted snow and its timing, I wanted to warn you of the possibility of an early dismissal.

If Dr. Conti calls for an early dismissal of the Burlington Public Schools on Wednesday, February 7, all BECC students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM, and there will be no afternoon preschool.  Nothing is certain at this time, however, I wanted to give you time to make preparations if needed.  At this time, Dr. Conti is watching the weather and will make a decision when he has more information about the track of the storm.

Thank you,
Deborah Clark, Director, BECC
We continued learning about snow. We talked about what we like to do in the snow 
(make snowmen, drink hot chocolate, make snowballs and stay inside!) and what
the characters in our books like to do in the snow. We read The Mitten, in which 
a bunch of animals squeeze into a boy’s brand new, snow-white mitten. The mitten 
stretches and stretches but doesn’t break. Finally a mouse squeezes in and 
causes a bear to sneeze, which scatters the animals back into the woods. The kids 
loved hearing about how the animals squeezed into the mitten even though it seems 
like there is no space left. We also sequenced the events of the story. In our small 
groups, we matched rhyming word pairs from one of our unit books and played 
mitten memory.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Ice fishing
Sensory: Water and arctic animals
Art: Snowmen
Writing: Letter matching
Blocks: Trains
Manipulatives: Gears

Books we read:
The Mitten by Jan Brett
When it Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator
Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Lee

Next week we will finish our unit on Snow. The following week, 
we will start our new Unit on Community Helpers. Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 12, 2018

We had a fun return to school after the break! We started a new Unit on 
Snow. We talked about when it snows and the special clothes we wear in 
the snow. The children talked about what they did over the snow days. It 
sounded as if almost everyone stayed in due to the cold, but we got to 
play in the snow despite the weather because we brought in some snow 
for our sensory table!

In our small groups, we sequenced our unit book, Good Night, Baby Bear. 
In this book, a baby bear does not want to go to sleep and keeps asking 
his (tired) mother for a snack, a drink, etc. Finally he asks her for the 
moon (!!), and she comes up with a creative way to give it to him. We 
talked about things we do to get ready for bed. Some of the children said 
that they also like to get drinks of water or have a snack before bed, and 
that they wake up their moms and dads. We also practiced counting out
small groups of objects (snowflakes).

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Dunkin Donuts
Sensory:  Snow
Art: Snowflakes (coffee filters)
Writing: iPads
Blocks: Cars
Manipulatives: Pattern blocks & snowmen cards

Books we read:
Goodnight, Baby Bear by Frank Asch
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Mitten by Jan Brett

There is no school on Monday, January 15th. Have a good weekend!