“Letter M is for Multicultural Music Week” is next!

Hello all,

Letter “L is for Library Week” was lovely, laughable, likable, loopy but certainly not lousy!  Read on below to learn about all the fun and learning that took place.

Monday and Tuesday mornings were spent completing assorted letter L activities.   The students practiced identifying and writing the letter L as well as making the letter L sounds.  In lieu of the traditional letter L hunts during the afternoon, the older students in the classroom created their own Letter L sentences!  You will never believe how many L’s the students incorporated into their Laugh-worthy sentences!

Below is the Letter L word list that the younger Monday students came up with.

Wednesday was such an exciting day at PPA!  For the first time ever, the PPA classroom was transformed into an actual life-like library!  The students spent the day practicing the entire experience of what it is like to go to a library.  For starters, they “registered” for a library card.  For their morning work, the students crafted their very own library cards which would later allow them “entrance” to the newly establish Park Prep Academy Library.  In order to construct the library cards, the students had to select the colors they wanted, write their name, and draw a self portrait.  Once the cards were assembled, they needed to be decorated.  Choosing from assorted buttons and gems, the students added some pizazz to their library cards.

During the afternoon, the students and the teachers discussed the difference between libraries and bookstores.  Was there a difference?  The students were able to explain that unlike at a bookstore, the books you select at a library do not belong to you forever – you just borrow it for a while.  This made a lot of sense to all of the PPA preschoolers who know that all of the toys/games at PPA belong to everyone, not just one person.

After the discussion, the students transitioned over to  another part of the classroom.  Their eyes widened as they saw the library display.

The excitement only grew when they learned that they would actually be able to select one book to take home with them!

One by one, the students waited until their library card was called.  Each child then took their library card around the “shelves” and peeked at all the books before making a selection!

Once the selection had been made, each student brought their book and library card over to the librarian station.  The librarians took their library card to keep a record of all the books selected – after all, without these library cards, how would they know which books were taken out of the library?

The students headed home on Wednesday, prouder than ever, and of course, very excited to read those library selections!

School was closed on Thursday due to another heavy snowstorm.

The students returned to school on Friday and so did their library books!  The students could hardly wait to tell the teachers about how much they enjoyed reading their library books at home!  Some of the students spent the snow day reading and re-reading their library book while others read their library books at bedtime!  Regardless of when or how many times the library book was read, one thing was certain – the library project was a huge hit!

With all the library excitement on Friday, it made sense that Friday’s morning work had to do with Wednesday’s activity.  The students created their first ever book report all about the book they selected from the library!  The teachers interviewed each student about the book they selected and read.  Each child identified their book choice and then gave a brief recap as to what happened in the story while the teachers recorded their words.  The teachers were so impressed with how well the students were able to retell the stories they had heard earlier in the week.

In order to complete the book report, the students had to draw an illustration from the book!

Take a look at one completed book report below!  Didn’t this student’s first book report turn out great?

Friday afternoon wrapped up with a Spanish lesson all about food!  The students did a great job practicing some of their new Spanish vocabulary!

Well, that is all for “Letter L is for Library Week!”  Hopefully this week will mark the last snow day of this school year!  As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful and safe weekend!  See you next week!

-PPA

Reminders:

2011-2011 Re-enrollment Contracts are due back before or by Wednesday, February 16th.

Next School Closing:

Monday, February 21st – Observation of Presidents’ Day

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