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Smart Start Week 7


"What do you put in your pockets?"

Week 7 was an exploration of the Letter Pp! On Monday, we read There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss. This wacky story got us talking about pockets and all the fun things we can put in them.

We created our own pockets and made our very own "Wockets"!


On Wednesday, we kept the pocket theme going!

We read What's In My Pocket? This fun story was a great way to review shapes and get our imaginations going. Mrs. Marisa had something prickly in her pocket!

In Creative Movement, we jumped into something new, BrainDance! The Brain Dance is a series of exercises comprised of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life.

The BrainDance Patterns include:

  • Breath

  • Tactile

  • Core-Distal

  • Head-Tail

  • Upper-Lower

  • Body Side

  • Cross Lateral

  • Vestibular

Using familiar songs and rhymes, BrainDance gets our students singing, rhyming, moving, stretching, bending, breathing, and more! For more information on the benefits of BrainDance, visit

Our group art project for Wednesday was sewing pockets. Each student sewed their pocket using yarn and then glued on polka-dots and a letter P.

With our sewing complete, we moved onto our science exploration for the day. We used cups of baking soda and vinegar to clean pennies. We fizzed and bubbled and then scrubbed and shined!

As we move into the second quarter of this school year, we are incorporating more individualized instruction in phonics, numbers, and writing. While Mrs. Debbie works with students at our sensory and art stations, Mrs. Marisa is working with students individually developing phonics and handwriting skills. This allows us to honor the different ages and stages of our Smart Start students. With Mrs. Marisa, our students practiced reading and writing the letter Pp. With Mrs. Debbie our students worked their fine motor skills pouring, pinching, pushing and pulling.

We finished the day with an encore reading of There's a Wocket in My Pocket. We just can't get enough of Dr. Seuss!


What's in YOUR pocket?

Children love to share there ideas and stories. We loved seeing the things they so thoughtfully placed in their pockets and hearing their sweet explanations!

We kept the letter P theme going with the book If You Give A Pig A Party by Laura Numeroff. We asked our students what they thought about having a pet pig. Parents, you will be happy to know that most of the kids said that they would not want a pet pig! 🙂

More Friday fun!

We wrapped up the day with a letter P treat! We watched a little bit of the movie The Secret Life of Pets and looked for things that begin with Pp. We saw puppies, police, parakeets, poodles, and more! And what movie would be complete without popcorn! The letter Pp was everywhere this week!

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