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: March 8 - March 19, 2021


School closed on Wed 3/10 for Staff Development

& Fri 3/19 for Parent/ Teacher Conferences


Hello Alcott Families,

Happy March… time flies so fast these days. I hope you are doing well. The children have been happily working on their letters and numbers and also on fun activities such as scrubbing, painting, digging and exploring all things pertaining to dinosaurs. I must confess I was surprised by how much knowledge some of the children had about these incredible creatures. Even more impressed... with how some of our boys and girls could easily pronounce those long dinosaur names. It was a fun learning experience for both the children and the teachers. We celebrated the life of Dr. Seuss whose birthday was on March 2nd with read-aloud stories, followed by arts and crafts and having fun with rhymes. Please visit the classroom corners page on the Alcott website and view just some of the fun activities we photographed.

Spring is right around the corner (hooray!) and we are all looking forward to spending more time outside playing and exploring the beauty of the upcoming season. Each March, I love reading to the class In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb. It is a fun book that goes along with the old saying: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Each child had the opportunity to share what type of weather pattern they prefer... most of them prefer “lamb” weather. A couple of the children stated they enjoy “lion” weather because they get to play in the gym. Hopefully, mother nature will be gentle with us this month. We will also be exploring the continent of Europe and the beautiful country of Ireland.

We look forward to meeting with all of our families (via zoom) during Parent/Teacher conferences on Friday, March 19th.

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


Our theme: Spring is in the Air



Drip Drop Painting using droppers (helps to refine fine motor skills)

Painting a Rainbow

In like a lion, out like a lamb craft

Cultural Arts/Geography:

Spring Equinox

Sorting Flags of Northern Europe

Flag of Ireland

Create a pin-poking work of Europe

Explore the Montessori Puzzle Map of Europe



Spring/ 3-part cards (develops vocabulary, top to bottom, left to right motion)

Sorting middle sounds [a, e, i, o, u]

I-Spy game for initial letter sounds

[th], [sh], and [ch] phonogram sorting

Read: In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marian Dane Baur



Short Chains - Presentation 1

March calendar (counting and tracing numerals 1- 31)

Spring Number Puzzles (reinforces counting)

Count shamrocks 1-10


Practical Life:

Yarn cutting (develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and concentration)

Weaving the colors of the rainbow (pre-sewing activity)

Lacing shamrocks

Spread butter on bread

Transfer small shamrocks with tweezers (develops fine motor coordination)



Signs of Spring/ 3-part cards

Animals of Europe



Taste Irish Soda Bread

Green goop (children will discover what happens when cornstarch and green water are mixed together)

Use playdough to make the shape of Europe