A Very Special Thank You

from the Noah's Ark Family

Your time and support...

Your time and support have laid the foundation for our success! Our Noah's Ark Family (children, their families, and staff) are all appreciative of the environment and community we have collaboratively created with your support. Additionally, we are grateful that many of our families return to us as younger siblings are born and register for preschool! Many of our returning families have wonderful things to say about the changes in our classroom activities and curriculum! The Noah's Ark classroom staff are also very excited to implement the Tools of the Mind Curriculum!
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JLC Grocery Store

Take a peek below at some of the fun we've had in each center! We are grateful for the time and support of the Early Childhood Staff! The support of our Master Teacher, Miss Sally, has helped guide the teachers in expanding ideas! The support of our PIRT Coordinator, Miss Suzette, has helped the teachers in continuing to support the social interactions and development of the children! We are also appreciative of our school nurse, Miss Lateesha, for monitoring our height, vision, and hearing & working towards keeping us healthy so we can continue learn and play in school successfully!

Loading Dock/Babysitting Center

After reading many stories about where food comes from, we learned that food gets delivered to the grocery stores at their "loading docks". The children transformed our "car" into a delivery truck. They have been hard at work making hand trucks, ramps, and inventory lists of the groceries being "delivered" and "unloaded".

Bakery Department

The children have set up our bakery department, bringing over play dough and cookie cutters to use to create baked goods that need to be "cooked", "packaged", and sold to customers.

As the weeks progress, the children will follow visual recipes to create their own "dough", "breads", and "cookies". The children will also observe the effects of yeast when added to a batch a bread and when it is "forgotten".

While exploring in this center, the children will be learning about the "grains" food group!

Also, before winter break, the children will be creating their very own gingerbread display and making connections to the various versions of the story: The Gingerbread Man.

Floral Department

The children have been taking on roles of customer, clerk, and manager in the floral department! These busy bees have been looking in books to identify the various types of flowers. The children are also creating their own bouquets and following classroom displays to create specific bouquets using math concepts including numeral and spatial awareness! The children are also using various art materials to create their own new, unique bouquets!

Produce Department

Very Busy Bees in our Produce Department! While interacting in this department, the children will be learning about the fruits and vegetables food groups!

The children worked hard to create their own 3-d representations of various fruits and vegetables that can be found in a grocery story. The children also observed photos of produce departments, including one from Whole Foods that has a "Smoothie Stand!" The children created their own smoothie recipes, and followed the recipes to use just the right ingredients in the smoothies the "customers" ordered!

To enhance our produce awareness...the children observed fruit and vegetables during Science Eyes and made friendship fruit salad the week of 12/1 and Veggie Soup the week of 12/8 !

Deli, Meat, and Seafood Department

While in the deli department, the children will be learning about the "Protein" food group. The children will follow directions to make various sandwiches as ordered by customers. The "clerks" will also weigh the crabs, lobsters, and clams for the customers.

Check Out Lanes

The children created their very own "ATM" machine and have been discussing how to take money out of the ATM to pay for their shopping trips.

The children are also planning their shopping trips as they look through circulars and create shopping lists.

The children work together to take on roles of "shopper", "cashier", "manager", and "bagger".

Story Labs

The Three Little Pigs

The children listed to various versions of the 3 Little Pigs and acted out the story using masks, blocks, and various props. The children also created their own artistic representations of their favorite house!

During a science experiment, the children observed the effects "wind" has on objects that are light vs those that are heavy/sturdy.

Gingerbead Stories

As we continue to learn about the bakery and baked goods, the children are reading various versions of the gingerbread boy including:
  • The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
  • The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
  • The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
  • The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • The Cookie Boy by Liza Charlesworth
  • The Gingerbread Man Loose in the school by Laura Murray
  • The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Firetruck by Laura Murray
  • The Gingerbread Family by Grace Maccarone
  • Georgie the Gingerbread Family by Tim Bugbird
  • The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

During these story labs, the children are learning vocabulary, making connections, and making predictions! We also read along to the story online! Families were encouraged to read at home by visiting:


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Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season! We look forward to seeing you in 2016!