Guest Post: Burlington Integrated Preschool

The following post is from Louise D’Amato our preschool director. 


Integrated Preschool Update:


During the past month, the Burlington Integrated Preschool Team developed an “apple” thematic teaching unit aligned with the Massachusetts preschool curriculum standards.  In this unit, students have been working on vocabulary development, colors, shapes, letters, and number recognition relative to apples.  We have also transformed our dramatic play areas to a country store were the students are learning to use their social skills to interact and develop appropriate play skills. 


In keeping with this theme, on Friday, October 10, 2008, the Burlington Integrated Preschool went on its first field trip to the Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow.  During this trip, students first enjoyed a tractor ride out to the orchard and were allowed to pick apples from dwarf apple trees (the perfect size for our students).  Many of the students enjoyed eating the apples rather than putting them in their bags.  After filling their bags and bellies, the students got back on the tractor and took a ride to the orchard’s country store where they were treated to apple cider and apple cider donuts.  When we were finished with our snacks we boarded the buses for our ride back to preschool.  With a day of sun and fresh air and full bellies, many of our preschoolers took a much needed nap on the way home.


We would like to thank all of our parent volunteers that helped to make our first field trip a huge success. Further, we would like to thank Dr. Conti for allowing his secretary, Terry O’Meara, to join us.  We look forward to many more exciting and fun trips aligned with the curriculum that we will be developing throughout the year. 


In November, we will learn all about the harvest and culminate our unit with a harvest feast.  We will guest blog again in November to share all the fun we had at the feast.

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