Week of September 7, 2020

The Central Berkshire Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant is funded by: The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

You can contact Miss Wendy @ 413-655-0146 X5109 I am still checking my voicemail periodically throughout the week. If this is an emergency please contact Kittredge Elementary School @ 413-655-2525 or Student Services @ 413-655-0146 X1 The quickest way to contact me is through my email address: wprovencher@cbrsd.org

Check out my website @ https://www.centralberkshirecfce.com/

Wendy Provencher is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. This is the link you need for all of the groups this week.

Topic: Week of Sept 7th meetings
Time: Sep 8, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every day, until Sep 12, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)
Sep 8, 2020 03:00 PM
Sep 9, 2020 03:00 PM
Sep 10, 2020 03:00 PM
Sep 11, 2020 03:00 PM
Sep 12, 2020 03:00 PM
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Daily: https://cbrsd-org.zoom.us/meeting/tZcscu-spzovHtHE2NMq0SYh0BlxOx_nhBvN/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGrrz4sHt2UtR2CRpwqBY_4M-jxmH5Ygrd1uU3LLjEDUTr-ZsBOKp1nL9bY

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STEAM – 3:00 Tuesday September 8, 2020



You have probably heard of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion (source):

  1. The first law of motion, An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. An object will remain at rest until a force is placed on it. The pom-pom isn’t launching buy itself, so we need to create a force! That force is the balloon. Does pulling the balloon further create more force?
  2. The second law of motion says that when an external force acts on a body, it produces an acceleration (change in velocity) of the body in the direction of the force. A mass (like the pom-pom, marshmallow, or styrofoam ball) will accelerate when a force is placed on it. Here the force is the balloon being pulled back and released. Testing different objects of different weights might result in different acceleration rates!
  3. Now, the third law of motion tells us every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  The force created by the stretched balloon pushes the object away. The force pushing the ball out is equal to the force pushing the ball back. Forces are found in pairs, the balloon, and the pom pom here.




Note: The following instructions will cover both the paper cup shooter, toilet paper tube, and pool noodle versions.


  • Paper Cups or toilet paper rolls
  • Balloons, 12” 
  • Pom Poms, Assorted (for firing)
  • Duct Tape (or heavy-duty tape)
  • Construction/Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife/scissors

Supplies for toilet paper roll shooter and cup shooter and pool noodle


Get ready to get creative!


If you are using a paper or plastic cup, have an adult cut the bottom out of the paper cup with a craft knife or scissors. If you are using a toilet paper roll, you are all set with step one.


Step two is optional depending on how crafty your kiddos want to get with this project. Decorate your cup or tube with paper, stickers, tape, etc.


Trim the very top off a standard 12” balloon with scissors.  Knot the end of the balloon.  Gather the cut balloon and stretch it over one end of the cup, centering the knot over the opening. Do the same if you are using a cup!


Next, you want to secure the balloon piece on to paper cup with duct tape.  (Washi style tape will only work short term because it is not a sticky as the duct style tape). Alternatively, a glue gun will work for this step.


Time for the fun! Load the pom pom shooter with pom-poms, pull back on the knotted end and then let go to launch the pom poms!

  • Set up targets or buckets for firing into…
  • Give each kiddo their own color or color group of pom-poms. I bet you can even sneak in some simple math practice too.

Turn it into an experiment by comparing different launch items to see what works best and flies the farthest. You can even take measurements and record data to extend the learning portion of this winter STEM activity.

Catapult with Popsicle Sticks, Rubber Bands, and Spoon 

Do you have popsicle sticks around the house that you don’t know what to do with? Check out this fun popsicle stick catapult STEM project that you can do with your kids!

Then I started experimenting different ways to build the popsicle stick catapult to make it shoot farther and more powerful. The engineer in me couldn’t help it. 

Here are 3 simple DIY popsicle stick catapult designs that you can build with your kids with materials you have around the house. 

Design 1: Catapult with Popsicle Sticks, Rubber Bands, and Spoon 



  1. Make a stack of 7 popsicle sticks and use rubber bands to tie them together on both ends.
  2. Make a stack of 2 popsicle sticks and use a rubber band to tie them together on one end only.
  3. Pull the 2 popsicle sticks apart and wedge the stack of 7 popsicle sticks between them.
  4. Use two rubber bands, secure the plastic soon to the upper popsicle stick.
  5. Place the ball onto the spoon.
  6. Hold the catapult with one hand, use the other hand to push down the spoon. 
  7. Release the spoon and watch the ball fly! 

Now we are going to use decorate our pizza boxes to use as a target.

Wednesday 10:00 AM – Circle Time with Miss Wendy

www.GradeONEderful.com   Good Morning Song/Poem

Days of the Week (tune of the Adam’s Family):
Days of the week(clap clap)
Days of the week
Days of the week
Days of the week (Clap Clap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday
there’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday
And then comes Saturday!

Calendar, Weather, alphabet

5 Little Spiders Fingerplay – Coloring, cutting, gluing

Missing Animal Circle Time Game

Story: Pete the Cat Crayons Rock!

Good-bye song

Thursday Story Time with Miss Wendy

This upside Down Book By Erin Rose Wage and Illustrated by Simona Ceccarelli

Paper Bag Giraffe Puppet Craft

Today the kids and I made this paper bag giraffe puppet!

Materials Needed:

  • Paper bag
  • yellow paint – pom poms
  • Yellow, orange, and brown paper
  • Black sharpie
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

Add all the other facial features and you’re done! We used tape so they could play with him faster (waiting for glue is always a bummer).

See the source image


  • Paper bag
  • Colored card stock (in black, yellow and blue)
  • White card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Penguin puppet template
Penguin Paper Bag Puppet | Craft for Kids - MakingArtFun.com (Scheduled via TrafficWonker.com)

Lunch Size Paper Bag
Craft Foam or Colored Construction Paper
Black Marker

Step 1
Cut pieces from the template.

Step 2
Transfer shapes to craft foam and cut out. Visible marks on the craft foam may be avoided by placing the template shapes face down on the foam while tracing them. The opposite side will be the one that you will see.

Step 3
Cut them out.

Step 4
Glue the white pieces to black pieces.

Step 5
Glue beak and flippers.

Step 6
Draw eyes with a black marker.

Step 7
Glue pieces to paper bag.

Kindergarten Readiness Friday 1:00

Interactive Vocabulary Book – Where is Puppy? In or Out?

Recess Fun – coloring, gluing and cutting (snipping)

Brain Break


Interlocking blocks

Story – Take Your Pet To School Day


https://www.centralberkshirecfce.com/       Central Berkshire CFCE website
https://www.asqonline.com/family/096b55  Ages and Stages Screening link

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