Unit 6 Update

In May we will implement our last unit of the school year: “Growing Things”.

Here are the books we are reading this month:






What Are We Learning?





Living things need food (nutrients), water (moisture), and proper living conditions – habitats (rocks, nests, soil, swamp) – to survive. The children are making bird feeders and worm farms.


Plants have a life cycle.

Plants have parts that provide different functions. These parts have specific names; roots, seed, bulb, stem, leaf, flower, blossom, petals. We are exploring many different kind of seeds and learning how to plant and grow them.




Some animals, such as reptiles, fish, and birds, hatch from eggs. Shells often protect the growing animal before eggs hatch.




Some animals (mammals) are born alive and require a variety of support to grow into their mature, adult forms.







Plants, animals, and people grow at their own pace. Various phases of a human’s development are given specific names, such as infant or baby, toddler, child, and adult.






Animal and plant growth is often measured to determine whether the animal or plant is healthy. To measure growth, measuring tools designed to measure length are used. Nonstandard, as well as standard, units are used to measure lengths of objects. We will measure ourselves and plant growth.







We are talking about feelings of pride and about going to a new school, and we also will learn about exploring differences, being tolerant, and helping others.






In Math, our focus is counting to and back from 10 and adding small numbers. We are also practicing to quickly recognize the sum of small groups. We are learning to describe shapes in terms of their attributes (sides and corners) and compose shapes to make pictures and designs.




Children continue learning about letter names and sounds, rhyming words, and all of the other skills needed for beginning reading.






Unit 5 Update

All of our Pre-K classrooms are kicking off a new learning unit “Shadows and Reflections” the last week of March.

These are the books we are reading this month:


The concepts we are learning about: 

Reflections are images thrown back from a shiny surface.

Mirrors and still water reflect light well; dull surfaces do not.

Objects vary in the amount of light they allow to pass through, and in our ability to see through them. These variations are given the names opaque, translucent, or transparent.










Opaque objects block light completely and cast very dark shadows. Translucent objects allow some light to pass through, but not all. They create lighter shadows. Light passes through transparent objects easily, and no shadows are cast.

Children will have hands-on experiences with mirrors, bubbles in the water table, and other shiny objects to investigate reflections. An example of an activity is making reflective collages where children glue reflective and non-reflective items on paper while discussing what makes them reflective.


In “Let’s Find Out About It”, a whole group lesson, children will learn about shadows and later they will test what they have learned in small groups y exploring with flashlights. Children cast shadows by shining their flashlights on buildings they create with blocks or while playing with shadow puppets. Children will have the chance to explore with translucent, opaque and transparent objects and learn through play which objects cast the better shadow.







This unit has a lot of science, but we are not forgetting to address the social-emotional development. The focus in this unit is on developing persistence and tolerance.







In Math this month, our focus is to order numbers and lengths.


A Message from the Executive Director

A new name. A new logo. A new website. We’ve had quite a facelift. But you should know that the decision to rename and rebrand our organization did not come to us casually. In fact, our strategic branding work began more than a year and a half ago. We have spoken at length to parents, community partners, staff, and board members to develop a full, authentic vision for who we are and where we are going as an organization. We know our true story is an important one to tell. And it’s time to really tell it.

Did you know, for example, that we are a premier early learning program in Central Maine? Our teachers are not only licensed, but degreed, and they engage children in a results-driven curriculum. Our goal has always been to help prepare children for success in school and opportunities beyond. As a result, more than 90% of our students meet or exceed developmental targets for school readiness after just one year in our program.

We have a strong history. Now we’re positioning ourselves relevantly for the future as we continue to respond to the evolving needs of our most important constituents – the children and families of Androscoggin County.

We believe Promise Early Education Center more accurately reflects who we are and what we do for the children and families we serve and care so deeply about. Furthermore, we are just so excited about our new name and look. Promise Early Education Center will continue, as we have for 51 years, in providing children with high quality early education and whole-family support to help both children and families reach their full potential.

We are thrilled to welcome you to Promise Early Education Center. Here, we believe that every child, every family has promise.