“Letter G is for Grocery Store Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

“Letter G is for Grocery Store Week” was by far the greatest week of the 2018-2019 school year yet!  The students entered school each day with what seemed like a Gazillion Letter G shares! Everything from Games, Gadgets, Goats, Gooey things, and Groceries were sent in and shared!  There were tons of Letter G books that came in as well!  To help explore the letter G, the students also learned all about the Grocery store!  Well, “Letter G is for Grocery Store Week” has come and gone.  Read on below to discover the learning that took place and fun that was had throughout the week!

The students spent both Monday and Tuesday morning working one on one with the teachers to complete their Letter G identification/fine motor activity sheets.  The teachers were so impressed with how easily the new students recognized the letter G and also how well the older students remembered all things “G” during their morning work!  In the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, the students created the seventh letter list of the year!  As a whole group, the students took turns brainstorming and contributing words that begin with the letter G and also hunted around the classroom for letter G items!  Naturally, the letter G list was full of great answers!  As you will see, the list included such words as Giraffe, Gingerbread, and Gems.  Some of the younger students were very confused by these words – none of them make the “Guh” sound like the letter G makes.  This led to a discussion about how some letters are a little tricky and they have different sounds sometimes!  For instance, “Giraffe” sounds like it should begin with the letter “J” but it really is a “G”.  Even in spite of this tricky rule, the students were able to come up with a gargantuan list!

 

How many G shares do you see?

Answer:  Gerald (from Mo Willem’s Piggie and Elephant Series), Graham Crackers, Globe, Grapes, Letter G!

The letter G week learning and fun continued as the students entered school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to find the Park Prep Academy Grocery Store was open for business!  First, the students needed to assemble the Grocery Store in the block area and play food from the Kitchen/Dress-Up area. Next, the students, shopping basket in hand, headed to the grocery store to begin their grocery shopping.  Now, in order to shop at the PPA Grocery Store, the students first had to select a numbered card to figure out how many items they would be shopping for.  Next, the students took their carts and began filling them up with assorted items from the produce section, the canned goods aisle, and even the freezer section!  Once they reached the correct number, the students headed to the checkout aisle to count and bag their items.  The final step was to “pay” for the groceries.  Depending on the price the “cashier” said, the students counted out and used their PPA dollars to make their purchase.  What an amazing and mathematical activity it was!  The students loved taking turns practicing all of the Supermarket Experiences – Customer, Cashier, Grocery Bagger, Shelf Stocker and more!  Who knew there was so much math involved in going to the grocery store!

 

 

Also this week, the students of PPA were visited by a few special guests and PPA Graduates!  The two sisters photographed below came in to read special stories to the class since they had a few days off from school this past week.  What a wonderful visit it was!  A great big PPA “Thank You” to this family for adding some extra excitement to the beginning of our week!

 

 

In the afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday, the students began their Los Numeros unit of study in Spanish class.  Here is some of vocabulary they will be investigating over the next few weeks!

Uno – 1

Dos – 2

Tres – 3

Cuatro – 4

Cinco – 5

Seis – 6

Siete – 7

Ocho – 8

Nueve – 9

Diez – 10

Keeping it simple at the start, the students worked on reciting the numbers 1- 5 while moving their bodies.  Would you like a turn?

 Clap your hands – DOS (2) – times!

Jump up to the sky – TRES (3)- times!

Flap your arms like a chicken – CUATRO (4) – times!

Way to go!  You are great at understanding Spanish!

 

During the afternoon on Friday, the students discussed all of what they had learned about grocery stores throughout the past week.  You may be impressed how many different subject areas they covered!

English/Language Arts:  Grocery Store Vocabulary – i.e. Produce, Cashier, Deli, Bakery, Dairy, etc.

Mathematics:  Cost and quantity of grocery items.

Social Studies:  Various jobs at the grocery store – i.e. Cashier, Grocer, Butcher, Shelf Stocker, Price Marker, Bagger, etc.

Science:  Differences between the different sections of the grocery store and why certain foods belong in each section.

Foreign Language/Cultures:  Vocabulary including Supermercado:  Supermarket, Cashier:  La Cajera as well as discussion of different types of items around the world.

Collaborative Open-Ended Exploration:  Construction of the Park Prep Academy Grocery Store.

The afternoon also wrapped up with a technology presentation all about the letter G and Grocery Stores!  Now, you may have heard your child talking about the letter “U” this week.  The letter “U” in the grocery store is the area on the perimeter of the store where the freshest food is kept.  While shopping, it is best to keep to this area to ensure the healthiest options!  The students also loved hearing the following Goofy song all about the letter G!

 

 

Well, that may be the end of “Letter G is for Grocery Store Week” but you can keep the grocery learning and fun going at home all year long!  Not only is grocery shopping with Mommy and Daddy a fun activity, it is also a great way to reinforce educational concepts such as counting and measurement and more!    Parents, click below to get some ideas as to how to maximize the educational opportunities for your child on your next trip to the grocery store!  Happy Grocery shopping everyone!

As always, thank you for reading and see you next week!

-PPA

Reminders:

Next Week is Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21st– 12:00 p.m. School-wide Dismissal – No Lunch

Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd – Thanksgiving Recess

THEME FOR NEXT WEEK:

thanksgiving