The wild winds of April calmed and we have entered the magnetic month of May! Children are undergoing great spring growths themselves and we adults are moving quickly to keep up with the busy spring days. Parents, you are doing a wonderful job! And what an honor for us teachers to feed the children more and more skill specific works (i.e. larger projects, more specific topic enrichment and math/language exploration) based off the children’s interests. We are having so much fun introducing more acting exercises as we transition to outside time or ending our group. We are laughing and smiling together a great deal these spring days!
We have had a wonderfully rich and joyful month together and the children are interested in beginning Show & Tell for our circle times (group).
Show & Tell: Tuesdays or Thursdays help your child find something small and special from nature or object starting with any of the letters from our alphabet (example: “a” for apple) to bring to class for beginning group. Please place Show & Tell items in a name labeled plastic bag.
· Life Cycle of the Butterfly & Insects: our Painted Lady larva will arrive soon and our classes will be able to see the life cycle play out before our eyes! We will release the butterflies in the school garden after they have emerged from chrysalis form. Both classes made beautiful posters of the life cycle. Vocabulary: egg, larva, caterpillar, chrysalis (pupa, cocoon), butterfly, sphere.
· Parts of an Insect: head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, antenna
· Maps: those interested in class will make maps. This is preparation and care for the children (as some are embarking on new adventures) for upcoming changes and breaks, so they can place stars on their maps to show where friends live, schools are, etc. This is a delightful exercise to ritualize and honor the child’s understanding of some things ending and something new beginning while mixing in practical and personal geography!
· Tie Dying: Please send one or two pre-washed white tee shirts to school. We’d love to get our tie dye on the last week of May!