EAVP Shares Favorite Family Stories

By Elizabeth Janvrin, EAVP
Rhoda Hardy and Wyatt Barton working on their gingerbread house at EAVP’s Grandparent Social. Photo: Elizabeth Janvrin

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of the year of 2012. The month of November brought us at the East Andover Village Preschool many discussions about our families as we focused on our favorite family stories. Each day was a designated story which came alive in literacy, math, creative representation, and science. We were all introduced to many new stories that we have not heard before. As we read a few stories about nighttime and going to bed, we enjoyed two Pajama Days. Using our pajamas, we explored creating and reading a graph, especially using the terms “most”, “least”, and “equal to”.

Towards the end of the month, we invited our grandparents back to school for our Second Annual Gingerbread House-making Event. The houses looked delicious as they were decorated with raisins, pretzels, and banana chips. It was also great fun showing our grandparents our favorite areas of the classroom, introducing them to our friends, and working together to construct a house.

Stephanie Barton and Ryley Holt working on their gingerbread house at EAVP’s Grandparent Social. Photo: Elizabeth Janvrin

With the arrival of December, we will continue to focus on our family stories before heading into the senses of the season. With the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the winter holiday season, we will bring it all into our classroom. There will be discussions of lights around the area, and we will be making our own light show on the Lite Brites, exploring velvet and evergreen branches for their contrast in textures, and distinguishing between a variety of bell sizes.

At the beginning of the month, we are putting on our Winter Wonderland Show, which includes a holiday story and songs. Everyone has been working very hard and is excited to show our families and community. Snowmen at Night will be the theme of our holiday events for the last few days of school before the holiday break. There may even be a visit from a special guest!

Thank you to everyone who assisted and/or joined us at our Second Annual Spaghetti Supper! Thank you to the Andover Elementary/Middle School for allowing us to use their kitchen and gym. A large, heartfelt thank you goes out to all of those who donated prizes for our raffles: Pam Monaghan, The Quilt Club, Melody Crockett, Jake’s Deli and Market, Pine State Trading, The Country Club of New Hampshire, Rosella Sawyer, Krazy Kids, Margaret Dukette, Pizza Chef, Crescent Farm, Byron’s Septic, Keyser’s Garage, Lisa Braley, J & B Landscaping and Excavation, Creative Movement, Anjela Carlson, New Hampshire Fire Academy, Ellie’s Cafe, Bob Williams, The Barn Store, Shaw’s Supermarket, Rebecca Butt, Bear Hollow and Fun, Intelligent Training.