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April 6 - 10, 2020: Planting

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all hanging in there and trying to make the most of this time with your child. I want you to know how much I miss seeing you and your child. I’ve really enjoyed talking to those of you who wanted to talk.

I am also really enjoying the notes I am getting in the mail. If your child would like to write me a note I will certainly write back.

If you have not already, please fill out the school survey so we can identify ways to support you and your child at home. The link is: I feel strongly that what makes our school great is our ability to work together to educate children. It certainly looks different than it did a few weeks ago but please know I am here for you and will help anyway I can.

This week we are talking about planting! If the weather cooperates try to get outside and do a little planting. Spring truly is an awakening after the long winter. Point out all the changes you see in your yard or if you are out for a walk. I have a visual of each of you holding hands with your child and walking along a sunny path! Try to enjoy the moment.

For this week’s story, I read Pickin Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald. You can watch this and the other videos I’ve mentioned below on our class YouTube playlist ( on the new Canby Community Preschool channel.

More books you can share with your child are:


Here are some ideas for home:

  • Math games: Count any seeds you might have (beans work well), patterning, mazes, dot to dot (I have attached some you can print.)

  • Play dough: Rabbit cookie cutter, small spoons with bowls, beans, leaves, sticks or silk flowers

  • Movement: Five Little Peas in the Pea Pod Pressed (as I do in the video) and the Unicorn and Bunny themed Kids Yoga from Cosmic Kids

  • Music: Inch by Inch Row by Row (this version performed by Raffi)

  • Art: I have attached a couple of different bunny patterns. You can also use a paper plate to make a bunny.

    • Paper Plate Crafts: 30 Fresh Paper Plate Easter Crafts for Preschoolers Ideas

    • Make a rabbit puppet out of a sock. Decorate a shoe box and act out the story Pickin’ Peas. Take two old socks, use one for the puppet and the other one to cut out ears. Sew or staple the ears in place, draw eyes or use google eyes, add a nose and whiskers. Print or draw a boy or girl glue to a popsicle stick.

  • Science: In a small plastic bag put a bean in with a damp paper towel. Hang the bag in the window to see what will happen. Keep the towel damp.

I hope you are able to try a few of these ideas. Take good care. Giving you and your child a big hug.

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