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Hello all,

“Letter D is for Dinosaur Week” was by far the most Delightful week of the 2014-2015 school year yet!  The students entered school each day with Dozens of Letter D shares! Everything from Dinosaurs, Dora/Diegos, Dolphins, and Dogs were sent in and shared!  There were tons of Letter D books that came in as well!  Speaking of books, some students even invited their Daddies in to read the morning story to the class this past week!  To help explore the letter D, the students also learned all about dinosaurs!  Well, “Letter D is for Dinosaur Week” has come and gone.  Read on below to discover the learning that took place and fun that was had throughout the week!  A special PPA Thank You to the Daddies featured below!


daddies d week


The students spent both Monday and Tuesday morning working one on one with the teachers to complete their Letter D identification/fine motor activity sheets.  The teachers were so impressed with how easily the new students recognized the letter D and also how well the older students remembered all things “D” during their morning work!  In the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, the students created the third letter list of the year!  Naturally, the letter D list was full of Dazzling answers!  As a whole group, the students took turns brainstorming and contributing words that begin with the letter D and also hunted around the classroom for letter D items!


Letter D MW List and Shares


How many D shares do you see?

Answer:  Dinosaur Book, Dinosaur, Dolphin, Dog, Duplos, Duck and the letter D!

On Wednesday morning, the PPA classroom was abuzz with some Dino-rrific news – a dinosaur fossil had been found at PPA!  With this exciting news, the teachers decided to switch things up a bit on Wednesday and begin the day with a technology presentation to help the students learn all about fossils, dinosaurs, and more!  The presentation began with the teachers showing the students the fossil photographed below.  The teachers explained that many, many years ago when the dinosaurs became extinct, the dinosaurs were covered by many layers of dirt and rocks over a very long time.  Like a stamp, the dinosaur bones were pressed into the ground leaving marks in the Earth.  Scientists known as paleontologists, dig very deeply into the ground to uncover these fossils or bones to help learn more about the dinosaurs.

Take a look below at the fossil that students found.  What can you tell about the shape of this dinosaur? Was he a tall dinosaur or a short dinosaur?  Did he have a smooth body or a spiky body?  By answering these questions, you are doing exactly what a real paleontologist (dinosaur- and all things old – scientist) does!  Way to go!


For their morning work, the students created fossils using clay and some plastic dinosaurs.  What an amazing day it was!

dino fossils

After learning all about dinosaurs and fossils earlier in the day, the students spent the afternoon creating a list of other questions they had and things they wanted to learn/investigate about dinosaurs later on in the week!  Check out their questions and two catchy tunes featured in the technology presentation below.


On Thursday, the students created their very own Tyrannasaurus Rex art project!  Take a look see how the T-Rexs were assembled!



In the afternoon on Thursday (and Friday), the students participated in Spanish class where they began a new unit of study – Los Colores (Colors).  Check below for a list of the new vocabulary words the students will be studying for the next few weeks.  Of course the word “Dinosaurio” was introduced as well!  Do you know what Dinosaurio means in English?  🙂


After studying dinosaurs all week long, the students were asked the question – Which dinosaur is your favorite?  The students each gave an answer and created an illustration of said dinosaur.  The illustrations were collected and compiled in the first class book of the 2014-2015 school year!  The students LOVED reading their class book and seeing the works of their classmates.  Take a look below to see a glimpse into the My Favorite Dinosaur Is… Book created by the Students of PPA.  Parents, be sure to take a peek at the book on your next visit into the classroom!  It is certainly a “Must-Read” for the Fall!

dinosaur favorite

Well, that is all for “Letter D is for Dinosaur Week”; it sure was Devine!  As always, thank you for reading and have a fun and safe weekend!



November Tuition is due next week

Thursday, October 30th (2 dayers)

Friday MORNING, October 31st (3 and 5 dayers)

PPA Halloween Party

Friday, October 31st

(2:00-3:00 p.m.)

All PPA students and parents are welcome to attend this event.

School ends at 3:00 p.m. today.  Aftercare is not available.

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