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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 12 - April 23, 2021

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Reminder: The children must wear closed toe, rubber soled shoes for safety!


Hello Alcott Families,

We have a lot of exciting activities in store for the children during the next couple of weeks. Spirit Week is here, and it will be ongoing at Alcott School every day this week! In order to help your child, partake in the fun, please see the “theme” of the day below:

Monday, April 12th - wear a silly hat or hairstyle

Tuesday, April 13th - wear your coziest pajamas (no stuffed animals or slippers)

Wednesday, April 14th - wear a mismatched outfit

Thursday, April 15th - show USA Pride, dress in red, white and blue

Friday, April 16th - wear animal prints or clothes with an animal picture

It will be a fun filled week for both the children and the teachers.


The children love their outdoor time, and we encourage them to explore all that Mother Earth has to offer them. Flowers, bugs, gardening, butterflies, oh the joy! Soon our class will be receiving butterfly kits… yay! In the next few weeks, the children will be observing and learning about the four stages in the metamorphosis of butterflies. Hands-on-activities encourage children to succeed, to probe, to create and learn, to respect and discover. We are going to have a lot of fun with the children as they explore and learn about butterflies, bugs and planet Earth.

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


Our theme: Butterflies and Bugs



Create Forsythias

Coffee filter butterflies

Recycled robots

Paint rocks


Cultural Arts/Geography:

Explore the continent of Africa

Pin-pushing Africa

Earth Day Unit - we will talk about Earth and what we can do to protect it



Sandpaper Letters/ Objects [e] and [w]

Planet nomenclature cards (children will learn the names of the planets)

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

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequence Story/ felt board activity

Read Aloud: Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni followed by a craft



Butterfly number puzzles (reinforces counting and order of sequence)

Counting bugs (children practice the association of quantity and symbol)

Read Aloud: We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs


Practical Life:

Scrubbing elephants and giraffes

Practice the three R’s in the classroom (care of the environment)

Stringing planet Earth (builds concentration, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination)



The Solar System (children will explore photos, storybooks, and learn a fun fact about each planet)

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Drink Like a Butterfly



Wings/ No Wings sorting

Solar System floor puzzle (develops hand-eye coordination, concentration)

Sorting bugs by sizes (large, medium and small)

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