Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Parents,

We continue to follow Alice on her very strange adventure through Wonderland. This week the Trailblazers and Explorers read the chapter called The Pig and the Pepper where we met the Duchess who was holding a crying baby while her cook made soup with WAY too much pepper. Everyone was sneezing! Then the baby turned into a pig! Poor Alice—what was she to make of all that?! On Project Day we made some pretend soup with loads of spices and plenty of pepper. We also took care of all of our preschool babies by giving them a bath and wrapping them in blankets. We did a much better job caring for our babies than the Duchess did! We had a pepper tasting on Friday and we tried many colors of peppers and voted for our favorite color. In both rooms we are preparing to meet the Mad Hatter and the March Hare at their Tea Party. The Trailblazers and Explorers are in the process of making hats of all shapes, sizes and colors. Next week they will be decorated—then they will be party-ready!

It’s “Tea Time” in the Wonderers and Adventurers room! Reading a bit further along in the tale of Alice, we met the somewhat rude Mad Hatter. Alice invites herself to a tea party which inspired lots of conversations about tea. We asked your children what they knew about tea and learned:

"Before you drink it, you have to make it."

"You can put honey in tea."

"Tea goes cold quickly -- especially in an Uber!”

We wondered about what was inside a tea bag, and took scissors to tea bags during project time to answer that very question. Our classroom smelled delicious as your children examined first-hand the tea leaves, dried fruits and spices they discovered. Madeline made enough tea for each child to taste-test too! We also painted special tea bag-shaped paper with glue and then sprinkled tea leaves on top, signing our names to the “tea bag tags” as a finishing touch. If you haven’t already, please come admire the beautiful tea-inspired artwork which adorns our classroom walls. On Wednesday morning, ASEP teacher Ann DiMezza joined us for morning meeting. Ann shared her very special tea collection and showed us how she fills “empty” tea bags with loose tea. She also showed us a tea strainer, and introduced us to the word “steep.” By Wednesday afternoon, we had even expanded our musical repertoire with a new song, written by our beloved Brian Jordan. The song is about, you guessed it, tea! Ask your child if she or he can sing you a verse or two.

We are documenting all of our work with Alice and we’ve created an Alice timeline in the front hallway. Please stop by some morning or afternoon to see photos and artwork of our trip to Wonderland.

Announcements:

Friday, March 11 - Preschool trip to the “Alice in Wonderland” exhibit at The Please Touch Museum. We will travel by yellow school bus, leaving TPS at 9:30 am and returning for lunch and a regular afternoon. Parents don’t need to do anything special for that day.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 24 and 25. Please let your child’s teacher know if you did not receive a link to the Doodle poll for sign-up.

If you would like to meet with Kait about art, you can sign up here:

http://doodle.com/poll/7vua2c5ub3ihmzrf

If you would like to meet with Chris about music:

http://doodle.com/poll/by944vma4sk7d34i

If you would like to meet with Meg about movement or Spanish, she will be sending out a Doodle link in the next few days.

Have a great weekend.

The Preschool Team