Bonnie Benjamin, former ARRSD Teacher and host of AOTV Shining Lights, interviews Vicki Maillet (Kindergarten Team Leader) and Jeff Ferranti (Dir. of Special Ed) regarding kindergarten readiness, preschool programming and the special education referral process. https://archive.org/details/5285-1-SHL014_Shining_Lights_with_guests_Jeff_Ferranti_and_Vicki_Maillet
17-18-prek-request-form-nov-23 Please use the above form to REQUEST a Pre-school slot for next year. REQUESTS are due by Feb. 10, 2017 and will be reviewed over the next several weeks. Requests received after Feb. 10th may not be able to be met so we encourage families to consider options including those at the link […]
Building Upper Body Strength at the Easel
Our Spring Book Fair will be held from April 4th to April 8th during the lunch /recess hour each day. Students will be able to take advantage of the buy one get one free offer. In addition, the Book Fair will be open on Wednesday evening April 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm during our Hot Dog […]
march 14, 2016 IS HERE! We are beginning our unit on Spring! For the next few weeks, we will be talking about all the changes that Spring brings – changes in the air, changes on the ground, changes on the trees and more! All this talk of Spring will be getting us ready for our […]
Preschool Newsletter March 28, 2016
Children pulled things from the texture table to categorize as “bugs” or “not bugs.”
Preschool Newsletter Jan 11, 2016
Mrs. Shaughnessy from the Athol Public Library came to read to our afternoon preschool. Mary Williams was a guest reader in the morning session.
Below is another creative hand strengthening activity that the preschoolers LOVED! They shaved crayons using pencil sharpeners and then the teacher used the shavings, wax paper and cut out paper leaves to create a beautiful colored leaf. The children couldn’t stop talking about this activity!
Pushing push pins into pumpkins is hard work for little hands! They are getting stronger every day!
We spent some time outside on a crisp Fall day. We worked together gathering Fall items for a special Fall project. The
Preschool Newsletter October 19, 2015
Hand strength is necessary for controlling writing utensils later on. We provide lots and lots of activities for children to pick things up with their little hands. Other things that make strong hands are squeezing things like play dough and pinching things like clothes pins and other small items […]
Each week Miss Tina our physical therapy assistant visits to do activities with students. Her session is integrated into our regular cent
Thank you families and friends for such a wonderfully rewarding year with your children. We consider ourselves very lucky to do what we do! PLEASE VISIT THE Celebrating Schools in the Athol Royalston Regional School District facebook page to see pictures of the end of the year celebrations for preschool!
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We had so much fun building our garden with Seeds of Solidarity! They arrived with timber and soil and we worked hard together! Be sure to stop by and visit to see things growing! We expect to have greens in the next few weeks!
Students are shown with Mount Wachusett Community College practicum student, Miss Allison. They are making predictions and confirming or discounting them in her activity titled, “Will it Roll?”
Get ready to think about joining us for some planting, growing and snacking fun!! On Friday, May 1, our Pre-K Garden will arrive here at Pleasant Street School!
Below are pictures of some of our centers this week. Below children are learning to draw an elephant. After watching a short video of a very cute baby elephant taking a bath, students were delighted to learn to draw their own. Preschoolers love to figure out how to put lines together to make things. This […]
Children shown below are wearing some new “reading glasses.” After a lesson on how to “read a picture”, students are seen using their glasses, reading pictures to themselves and their friends.
Children shown above are learning how to draw a mouse. They love these lessons during center time. Each lesson is about six or seven minutes and gives students a chance to practice their listening skills and other visual motor skills necessary for school success.
Often during center time children are handling books and reading pictures to each other. Seen below children are reading Spring themed books.
Children had so much fun meeting the firemen and seeing the fire truck! We also talked a lot about the letter F, and the sound the letter F makes. Of particular fun was the feathers in the texture table and the flames the students got to spray in the texture table.
Hello families and friends!!! I know that everyone wants to see photos of their own child. Additionally, please use photos to ask questions like, “what is this friend’s name?” or, “what is s/he doing? Did you do that too?” Their are hundreds of photos that have been taken already this year. We are trying hard […]
We would like to begin posting pictures of students engaged in fun, learning activities already this year. In order to do so, we want to be sure everyone has given consideration to having their child’s picture posted on the school site and potentially on the ARRSD Facebook page. Please respond to us as soon as […]
Welcome back families! We are delighted to welcome you to a new and exciting year of fun and learning in Pre-K! Stay tuned on this page for photos of your child and his/her friends having lots of fun learning new routines here at Pleasant Street School in the Pre-K program! Be sure to return your […]
Animals and tractors are stuck in the mud!!
Fishing for letters!!
We have begun our farm unit!!
Spring bunnies busy at work sorting by colors and shapes!!
There are three ways to read. One can read by simply retelling the story. Reading the pictures by telling the story from the pictures is also considered reading. Reading of course also happens when one reads the words on a page. In Pre-K we are reading in all three ways!! Feel free to ask questions […]
Shown above is a preschool friend pretending in our dramatic play area. What used to be our kitchen is now a vet’s office complete with sick animals and medical items like a stethoscope and vet bag featured above.
Shown above are two activities we recently offered. One is water colors painting snow and the other is a light table. Children love both of these things!
It’s important to us that children get their hands on books each and every day they are in preschool. We put great effort into creating a literature rich environment, fostering a love of reading. This involves keeping their experiences with books fresh and ever changing while balancing the joy of reading and rereading old favorites. […]
Children see their names in many different places throughout the day. In this activity children begin by writing their name. Children are assessed carefully to see if they are ready to practice writing their whole name, only a few letters or perhaps just recognize their name in writing. Throughout the many learning experiences each day, […]
Using playing cards with a number line allows children to see numbers in a sequence. This activity engaged children by flipping a playing card and matching it above the number on the number line.
These cool manipulatives are called Connectagons. Preschoolers really enjoy building and creating with all sorts of things. As well, having to grasp and turn small items continues to strengthen those small muscles needed to write!
Many projects we have done begin with an end in mind. Projects, as you know are purposeful in building hand strength, and produce lovely memoirs. This kind of project allows children to explore their creativity while using different textures AND builds hand strength. Every child creates a beautifully individualized, creative memoir.
Preschool Newsletter January 21, 2014
Many of our projects are connected to the reading readiness skills we are focusing on in Pre-K for that particular week. Shown here is the activity of water washing the letter W.
Many of the projects we do allow children the opportunity to strengthen the small muscles in their hands. These small muscles are essential to the ability to write as they get older. Although we may end with a lovely keepsake to admire decades later, the focus behind the scene is strengthening those tiny muscles for […]
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Gage is shown using technology for a part of his choice time. We are thankful for the IPads we have available to use in the preschool. We encourage children to spend a limited time at the technology center during choice time by setting a timer for their use.
Shown above is Zachary and Alexis working together on a Thanksgiving decoration. Each week preschoolers in the morning group have a third grade reading buddy that they share books with. This week they did a holiday project together.
Children love to dress up in our dramatic play area. This gives students valuable opportunities to pretend and plan. Both are important skills for problem solving!
Children shown sharing a bin of toys during choice time. Preschool is a chance to learn important ways to get along with friends!
Jack and Leah are busy making Thanksgiving decorations for their homes. Students cut out the corn on the cob shapes and glued some leaves on. Then they crinkled small pieces of yellow tissue paper for kernels! It was a fun way to strengthen little muscles in their hands that ready them for writing!
Thank you to a special grandma for a very fun treat!
Our PreK turkey is loaded with feathers of thankfulness. Each child offered one thing they are thankful for and it was added to our turkey. We have feathers of family, friends, new toys, our bed, food and many more! There is so much to be thankful for! Thanks for sharing your little one with us!