N E W S  &  L E S S O N S  F R O M  M S.  R O C A F U E R T E  ’ S  C L A S S

Issue: April 26 - May 7, 2021


Hello Alcott Families,

What a busy month April has been, the children had a fun time participating in Spirit week and it was fun to see some of the boys and girls expressing their individuality through their clothing selections. We were pleasantly surprised to have the Greenburgh Nature Center visit with our class last week. The children had an amazing time learning and touching some of the cute animals.

Our class has been exploring the solar system and learning about planet Earth. The children have been busy painting planets and together we have created a beautiful bulletin board in our classroom of the solar system. We read children’s books and then had open discussions and talked about ways to solve problems like pollution, and the 3 R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). The children learned that they could help, and they can make a positive impact on earth in small, but important ways every day. Our class discovered that with a little imagination they can create art with recycled materials and paper for play and exploration. One of the amazing and beautiful art pieces the children enjoyed creating were the adorable, recycled robots. They were able to reuse and recycle materials and convert them into something that turned out so beautiful and brought smiles to all our faces. The children were so proud of their creations and so were we!

In the weeks ahead the children will continue exploring planet earth and all its natural beauty. We will be bringing the freshness of Spring indoors when we begin to dig in the dirt and grow a flower garden using recycled milk cartons in our classroom. We will continue to learn about butterflies while we eagerly await the arrival of our classroom caterpillars.


Warmest regards, Mrs. Rocafuerte, Mrs. Cinquina and Ms. Guglielmi


Our theme is Gardening



What’s hiding in the grass? - cutting activity

Paint sunflowers like Vincent Van Gogh

Make papel picado - Mexican Folk Art

Snail craft activity


Cultural Arts/Geography:

Explore Mexico and the Aztec Art

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo



Garden tools - 3-part cards

Review sandpaper Letters [a, c, h, r, s]

Parts of a flower/ 3-part cards (builds vocabulary)

From seed to flower - sequence story

Read aloud: “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle



Count flower petals (children practice the association of quantity and symbol)

May calendar - tracing numerals 1-31

Flower bead counting (develops fine motor counting, compare greater or less)


Practical Life:

Make guacamole

Flower arranging

Plant and water seeds

Hook and eye dressing frame (strengthens fine motor, hand-eye coordination)



Explore the Montessori botany leaf cabinet

Parts of a plant puzzle

Parts of a flower puzzle

Talk about the seeds we eat

Observe our caterpillars



Taste chips and guacamole

Sorting flowers by size, large, medium, and small

Explore the Alcott garden