February 24th-28th

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Feb. 24-28

It was another great week learning about community helpers in YK! We kicked off the week with such an exciting visitor! Howard Hooser had a special visitor come talk to us all about his exciting job as a truck driver. He even brought along his semi-truck for us to look at and we got to take turns sitting in the truck. We focused on firefighters at the beginning of the week and the boys were beside themselves with excitement. We read several books about firefighters and practiced singing several songs about firefighting! We talked about what number to call in case of an emergency and talked about what you do if your clothing catches on fire. The boys thought it was hysterical practicing this by shouting, “STOP! DROP! And ROLLLLLL!” As they did this they completed each motion laughing harder each time! We had an actual firefighter come and talk to us and you would think a celebrity made an appearance in YK! Henry Martin’s great uncle told us all about his job as a firefighter and brought equipment and his uniform. The boys watched with mouths wide open, stunned in pure aw and clung to every word he had to tell us! It was quite the exciting morning! We got to enjoy chapel and read community helper books during library on Wednesday. We transitioned to learning about veterinarians the last half of the week and had so much fun with this topic. We made snakes out of colored popsicle stick, jewels, and stickers! We practiced caring for Magellan as we role-played what it would be like to be a real veterinarian.

In centers this week, we opened up a pet hospital and cared for all kinds of stuffed animals using stethoscopes, otoscopes, q-tips, tongue depressors, band-aids, blood pressure cuffs, and other tools. We practiced stop, drop, and roll in one center. We built fires with blocks and pretended to put them out with our fire hoses. We dressed up as our favorite community helpers in the dramatic play center. We drilled plastic screws using a battery-operated drill, which was a huge hit for the boys. We also continued working hard with our toolboxes and worbench as well as using our mailbox to role-play what mail carriers do on a daily basis.

We are looking forward to learning about chefs next week! We have filled our compliment jars and will be making home-made pizzas and muffins next week to celebrate while learning about what it takes to be a real chef!! A reminder that spring break begins next Friday so we will not have school that day. School will resume Monday, March 16th. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your boys and look forward to another incredible week with them next week.


February 24th-28th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Monday, March 02, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

Feb. 24-28

It was another great week learning about community helpers in YK! We kicked off the week with such an exciting visitor! Howard Hooser had a special visitor come talk to us all about his exciting job as a truck driver. He even brought along his semi-truck for us to look at and we got to take turns sitting in the truck. We focused on firefighters at the beginning of the week and the boys were beside themselves with excitement. We read several books about firefighters and practiced singing several songs about firefighting! We talked about what number to call in case of an emergency and talked about what you do if your clothing catches on fire. The boys thought it was hysterical practicing this by shouting, “STOP! DROP! And ROLLLLLL!” As they did this they completed each motion laughing harder each time! We had an actual firefighter come and talk to us and you would think a celebrity made an appearance in YK! Henry Martin’s great uncle told us all about his job as a firefighter and brought equipment and his uniform. The boys watched with mouths wide open, stunned in pure aw and clung to every word he had to tell us! It was quite the exciting morning! We got to enjoy chapel and read community helper books during library on Wednesday. We transitioned to learning about veterinarians the last half of the week and had so much fun with this topic. We made snakes out of colored popsicle stick, jewels, and stickers! We practiced caring for Magellan as we role-played what it would be like to be a real veterinarian.

In centers this week, we opened up a pet hospital and cared for all kinds of stuffed animals using stethoscopes, otoscopes, q-tips, tongue depressors, band-aids, blood pressure cuffs, and other tools. We practiced stop, drop, and roll in one center. We built fires with blocks and pretended to put them out with our fire hoses. We dressed up as our favorite community helpers in the dramatic play center. We drilled plastic screws using a battery-operated drill, which was a huge hit for the boys. We also continued working hard with our toolboxes and worbench as well as using our mailbox to role-play what mail carriers do on a daily basis.

We are looking forward to learning about chefs next week! We have filled our compliment jars and will be making home-made pizzas and muffins next week to celebrate while learning about what it takes to be a real chef!! A reminder that spring break begins next Friday so we will not have school that day. School will resume Monday, March 16th. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your boys and look forward to another incredible week with them next week.


February 24th-28th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Monday, March 02, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

Feb. 24-28

It was another great week learning about community helpers in YK! We kicked off the week with such an exciting visitor! Howard Hooser had a special visitor come talk to us all about his exciting job as a truck driver. He even brought along his semi-truck for us to look at and we got to take turns sitting in the truck. We focused on firefighters at the beginning of the week and the boys were beside themselves with excitement. We read several books about firefighters and practiced singing several songs about firefighting! We talked about what number to call in case of an emergency and talked about what you do if your clothing catches on fire. The boys thought it was hysterical practicing this by shouting, “STOP! DROP! And ROLLLLLL!” As they did this they completed each motion laughing harder each time! We had an actual firefighter come and talk to us and you would think a celebrity made an appearance in YK! Henry Martin’s great uncle told us all about his job as a firefighter and brought equipment and his uniform. The boys watched with mouths wide open, stunned in pure aw and clung to every word he had to tell us! It was quite the exciting morning! We got to enjoy chapel and read community helper books during library on Wednesday. We transitioned to learning about veterinarians the last half of the week and had so much fun with this topic. We made snakes out of colored popsicle stick, jewels, and stickers! We practiced caring for Magellan as we role-played what it would be like to be a real veterinarian.

In centers this week, we opened up a pet hospital and cared for all kinds of stuffed animals using stethoscopes, otoscopes, q-tips, tongue depressors, band-aids, blood pressure cuffs, and other tools. We practiced stop, drop, and roll in one center. We built fires with blocks and pretended to put them out with our fire hoses. We dressed up as our favorite community helpers in the dramatic play center. We drilled plastic screws using a battery-operated drill, which was a huge hit for the boys. We also continued working hard with our toolboxes and worbench as well as using our mailbox to role-play what mail carriers do on a daily basis.

We are looking forward to learning about chefs next week! We have filled our compliment jars and will be making home-made pizzas and muffins next week to celebrate while learning about what it takes to be a real chef!! A reminder that spring break begins next Friday so we will not have school that day. School will resume Monday, March 16th. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your boys and look forward to another incredible week with them next week.


February 18th-21st

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Friday, February 21, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

February 18th-21st

We have had a wonderful week! This week is always a favorite amongst the boys. We focused on policemen and firemen this week. In centers we played with our firehouse and police stations and the boys had such fun role-playing they never wanted to leave. We got to dress up as our favorite community helper in our dramatic play area and they boys loved this. We mailed letters with our toy mail and mailbox. We doctored patients in our hospital. It was a joy filled week watching the boys in their element saving the day over and over again as they pretended to be their real-life heroes!

We also focused on Black History month. We read Molly, By Golly! We also cracked open different colored eggs and found they were all the same inside. We talked about how even though everyone looks different on the outside we all are humans and God made us all alike on the inside! We read Officer Buckle and Gloria and talked all about safety, laws, and what policemen do to keep us safe. The boys got to tell us if they were a police officer what their favorite law to enforce would be. We water colored a police badge and wrote their favorite law on it!  We are very much looking forward to diving further into firemen next week. We even have a real fireman coming to talk to us! Also, a real truck driver and his semi-truck will be visiting and we get to take turns sitting inside! The excitement is R E A L!!! We ended the week with a visit to YIPES! STRIPES! Where we got to watch second grade boys parade around dressed as former and the current president. Past presidents gave speeches and the boys performed songs. A PDS teacher also performed the star spangled banner! It was such an awe-inspiring performance. It was a wonderful end to a great week. We hope you have a restful weekend and look forward to more excitement in the week to come.


February 10th-13th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Thursday, February 13, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

What a week!

We celebrated mail carriers and Valentine’s week with such excitement!

In centers, we had a Valentine sensory bin with hearts and confetti and all things pink and red. The boys loved all the textures and colors. We had a letter writing center where boys wrote (scribbled) valentines letters for their friends. We had a mailbox that the boys put the letters into to practice mailing their valentines. We also kept our hospital center open for all of our ailing stuffed animals that needed emergent care. Finally, we had a Valentine dress up center where the boys got to wear silly Valentine accessories.

 In order to learn about mail carriers, we asked the boys what a mail carrier is and what their favorite thing a mail carrier has ever brought them. The boys got so excited answering and it helped them realize how much they appreciate the people who work hard to deliver their mail on time. We made mail carrier bags and pretended to deliver letters out of them.  We celebrated Valentine’s day BIG this week. Our SK buddies came down and helped us make our love bug hats that we wore when passing out of Valentines to our friends. We also made love monsters on white bags to hold all of our Valentines. These were very intricate and come with LOTS of pieces to glue on. We were blown away with the boys’ growth in following directions as well as their fine motor skills and hand strength that have developed throughout the year while watching them complete these love monsters. We wrapped up the week with our party! We danced, ate a special treat, and made mom a special Valentine card. Then, we passed all of our Valentines out to our friends. It was such a fun day!

We also had a very special visitor come and teach us all about what it means to be a doctor and all of the instruments and tools doctors need to keep us healthy. A HUGE thank you to Dr. Lancaster for coming to visit us; William was delighted to help his dad and was such a proud son!

We look forward to learning about firemen and policemen next week- a MUCH ANTICIPATED week for the boys as you can imagine! We hope you enjoy your winter break this Friday and Monday and use the time to rest up and stay healthy for a fun week ahead.

A quick bit of information we would like to share! We have started a Share the Love Supply Drive to benefit Advance Memphis here at PDS! Advance Memphis has a list of desired supplies for their courses. Their supply list looks very similar to the one you may receive at the beginning of each school year. Advance Memphis has a wishlist on Amazon that includes almost everything on the list, as well as a few other big-ticket items. Boys who bring in supplies for the Drive will be eligible for a chance to win a spot prize as they walk through the lobby. If we reach our participation goal and fill our bin with items from the wishlist, we will have a school-wide dress down day. Based on participation through the week, we will announce new incentives at the end of each day. On the morning of Thursday, February 20th, we will be having a Chick-Fil-A breakfast to celebrate the end of the Drive. All proceeds from that breakfast will go towards Advance Memphis. 


The challenge for our boys in EC is as follows:

EC, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Challenge: 

We are challenging your son to gather supplies from doing chores around the house to earn either supplies or money to bring in. Please encourage your son to be bold and creative in how he earns the supplies.


February 3rd-7th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Friday, February 07, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

What a start to a great month! We continued delving into our study of community helpers with a focus on dentists this week! It is always such a fun and exciting week for the boys.

In centers, we had lots of fun hands on things for the boys to partake in to feel like real dentists! The boys got to use shaving cream and a tooth brush to practice brushing pretend teeth and learned that circular strokes are best when cleaning teeth. They also got to use pipe cleaners to floss playdoh out of a duplo block to get lots of flossing pratice. We used lima beans in playdoh to create a pretend mouth and the boys used pincher grips to pull the teeth like a real dentist. Finally, the boys used a real toothbrush to brush germs (dry-erase marker) off of teeth.

During the week we had many fun activities to learn about dentistry. We started the week off with a favorite book, “Just Going to the Dentist” by Mercer Mayer. We also watched a brain pop jr. video about going to the dentist. The boys were given a yellow tooth, a toothbrush, and white paint. They were to pretend the paint was toothpaste and scrubbed the tooth. We saw the teeth turn white before our very eyes. We talked about how when you brush your teeth, you have to use toothpaste to help you whiten stains. We also colored the yellow teeth with crayons to demonstrate how bad foods can leave stain on our teeth. To further illustrate this, we played “good tooth/bad tooth” and graphed foods onto a happy tooth and a sad tooth based upon if the food was healthy or unhealthy for our teeth. To end the week, we had the coolest activity and always a yearly favorite. We soaked eggs in coke overnight and showed the boys the brown eggs. We talked about how sugary drinks like soda, tea, and coffee can leave stains on our teeth. We tried brushing the teeth with just water and we were able to get rid of some stains. The boys were astonished at the difference adding toothpaste made. We were able to turn the dark brown egg into a sparkling white egg. We discussed how you need to always use toothpaste because it has something in it called fluoride that helps whiten and protect our teeth and how we shouldn’t swallow it because it is bad for our tummies. The boys had a blast scrubbing the brown eggs with toothpaste and toothbrushes during centers.

We also kicked off our community helper visitors this week with a visit from Jeremiah’s mom, Ashley Reeves. She came to talk to use about her most interesting job as a 9-1-1 operator and the boys were glued to her the entire time and were mesmerized by everything she had to say! A special thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to educate our boys, Ashley!

We look forward to talking about mail carriers and Valentine’s Day next week! Remember, next Friday, the 14th, and the following Monday, the 17th, we will have winter break and school is not in session! HAPPY WEEKEND! 


February 3rd-7th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Friday, February 07, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

What a start to a great month! We continued delving into our study of community helpers with a focus on dentists this week! It is always such a fun and exciting week for the boys.

In centers, we had lots of fun hands on things for the boys to partake in to feel like real dentists! The boys got to use shaving cream and a tooth brush to practice brushing pretend teeth and learned that circular strokes are best when cleaning teeth. They also got to use pipe cleaners to floss playdoh out of a duplo block to get lots of flossing pratice. We used lima beans in playdoh to create a pretend mouth and the boys used pincher grips to pull the teeth like a real dentist. Finally, the boys used a real toothbrush to brush germs (dry-erase marker) off of teeth.

During the week we had many fun activities to learn about dentistry. We started the week off with a favorite book, “Just Going to the Dentist” by Mercer Mayer. We also watched a brain pop jr. video about going to the dentist. The boys were given a yellow tooth, a toothbrush, and white paint. They were to pretend the paint was toothpaste and scrubbed the tooth. We saw the teeth turn white before our very eyes. We talked about how when you brush your teeth, you have to use toothpaste to help you whiten stains. We also colored the yellow teeth with crayons to demonstrate how bad foods can leave stain on our teeth. To further illustrate this, we played “good tooth/bad tooth” and graphed foods onto a happy tooth and a sad tooth based upon if the food was healthy or unhealthy for our teeth. To end the week, we had the coolest activity and always a yearly favorite. We soaked eggs in coke overnight and showed the boys the brown eggs. We talked about how sugary drinks like soda, tea, and coffee can leave stains on our teeth. We tried brushing the teeth with just water and we were able to get rid of some stains. The boys were astonished at the difference adding toothpaste made. We were able to turn the dark brown egg into a sparkling white egg. We discussed how you need to always use toothpaste because it has something in it called fluoride that helps whiten and protect our teeth and how we shouldn’t swallow it because it is bad for our tummies. The boys had a blast scrubbing the brown eggs with toothpaste and toothbrushes during centers.

We also kicked off our community helper visitors this week with a visit from Jeremiah’s mom, Ashley Reeves. She came to talk to use about her most interesting job as a 9-1-1 operator and the boys were glued to her the entire time and were mesmerized by everything she had to say! A special thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to educate our boys, Ashley!

We look forward to talking about mail carriers and Valentine’s Day next week! Remember, next Friday, the 14th, and the following Monday, the 17th, we will have winter break and school is not in session! HAPPY WEEKEND! 


January 13th-January17th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

This month in YK we are busy learning about the Winter season.

We will be talking about the changes of weather in winter and what we do to prepare for the changes. We also talk about the many different things animals do to prepare for the winter season.

This week we will be learning about hibernation. We will discuss what it means to hibernate and learn about different animals that hibernate throughout the winter and how they prepare for hibernation.

We will also talk about how we make different clothing choices in winter to protect us from the cold.

During center time we will be adding many new winter activities to some of our favorites.

We will be adding winter accessories to the dress up center and allowing the boys to experiment with trying to put on their own gloves, scarves, and toboggans.

We will be constructing snowmen using playdoh and and various materials like buttons and pipe cleaners.

We will create animal tracks in the snow using white playdoh and animal figurines.

We will do various activities with ice including using our fine motor muscles to transfer ice cubes from a bowl to an ice tray. We will also freeze animal toys into ice cubes and let them go ice-skating.

We will try to imagine what playing in snow is like and paint the tables of our classroom with shaving cream.

Our last activity of the week will be freezing kool aid and painting with it then enjoying a special frozen treat as we make snow cones in or classroom.


January 13th-January17th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

This month in YK we are busy learning about the Winter season.

We will be talking about the changes of weather in winter and what we do to prepare for the changes. We also talk about the many different things animals do to prepare for the winter season.

This week we will be learning about hibernation. We will discuss what it means to hibernate and learn about different animals that hibernate throughout the winter and how they prepare for hibernation.

We will also talk about how we make different clothing choices in winter to protect us from the cold.

During center time we will be adding many new winter activities to some of our favorites.

We will be adding winter accessories to the dress up center and allowing the boys to experiment with trying to put on their own gloves, scarves, and toboggans.

We will be constructing snowmen using playdoh and and various materials like buttons and pipe cleaners.

We will create animal tracks in the snow using white playdoh and animal figurines.

We will do various activities with ice including using our fine motor muscles to transfer ice cubes from a bowl to an ice tray. We will also freeze animal toys into ice cubes and let them go ice-skating.

We will try to imagine what playing in snow is like and paint the tables of our classroom with shaving cream.

Our last activity of the week will be freezing kool aid and painting with it then enjoying a special frozen treat as we make snow cones in or classroom.


December 9th -13th

K2_POSTED_DAY_BT Friday, December 13, 2019 in YK1 -Faith/Ledlow Written by

Another wonderful week in YK! In keeping with our Christmas unit, we focused a lot of our carpet time on learning about the birth of Jesus- the reason for the season! We used the Beginners Bible on Monday to help give us a big overview and then went in to smaller details from there. The boys had so many good questions about the animals that were there, the star and even the manger where baby Jesus was laid. We loved watching their interest grow throughout our lessons.

On Wednesday, we got a BIG surprise when the coaches decorated their hallway with trees, lights and even a silly Santa. The fun did not stop there, as we had another surprise on Thursday from the PDS Band. The boys were able to enjoy classic Christmas songs from live instruments!

Centers this week got a new addition with the Nativity Scene. It was helpful for the boys to be able to see what we were talking about in toy form as it sparked further discussions and questions. We added a drawing center where the boys worked hard to draw what they believed Santa’s face looks like. This center not only strengthened strengthen their fine motor skills, but also helped them focus and concentrate.

They are all working very hard on their surprise performance for the Christmas party and can’t wait to have parents here to celebrate with them next Thursday. It is sure to be SO much fun!


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