The Story of Flip and Flop

Early preschoolers listened to the story “Flip and Flop” by Dawn Apperley to help them grow in Social Skills and Autonomy. It is a lovely story about 2 penguins, Flip (a five-year-old) and Flop (a two-year-old). Flip does whatever Flop does. When Flip wants to play in the snow with a buddy his own size, however, Flop feels left out. Then Flop finds his own friend! At some point, everyone learns how to get along and have a fun icy adventure! After listening to the story, each student got to make a Flip and Flop “penguin puppet.”

In Reading, students listened to “Snow” by Uri Shulevitz which is a Caldecott Honor book about one little boy’s hope and faith that one snowflake will lead to two, three, etc. despite the grumpiness and cynicism of the adults he encounters. Whether you love snow or not, its an enchanting picture book worthy of borrowing from the local library.

In Language Arts, students learned about the Letter P. They also made a pretty handprint “peacock” with sparkles and a pokey “porcupine” with popsicle sticks.

Students were exposed to several vocabulary words/terms in Language of Instruction including pail, peas, peacock, parrot, popcorn, pony, pipe, pineapple, pig, pie,pickle, piano, pencils, puppies, pumpkin, popsicle, pen, and pear.

In Science, students listened to “Arctic Wonders” by Graham Oakley. In this story, children discovered different animals as they pulled out sliders that showed beautiful illustrations with sparkly foil accents. This was an interesting way for students to learn more about polar animals from the Arctic. After the story, students made a polar bear covered with marshmallows and cotton balls. This sensory activity helped them develop their fine motor skills and background knowledge about polar bears.

Honesty is our Virtue of the Month for January. “Pinocchio” is a great character education story that you can read to your child to help teach and reinforce the virtue of honesty. Honesty means telling the truth.

Parent Tip: Build your child’s vocabulary by showing them real-life pictures while telling them the names of any of the following words they learned last week that start with P. Try to name things around the house and say the name out loud to help build your child’s background knowledge.

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