March 2017 Newsletter
When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.
Thank you Klahanie School families for your amazing support, kindness and joy this past month. Your children have blossomed the classroom into a place of quiet contemplation, swift joyful choice, engaged cleanup and help to others and sincere independence that makes them all giggle. We teachers receive the rare and honored gift to observe the wonder in which they create. Inspiration is an appropriate word to describe the process. And process is the point of focus for us the beginning of the school year and on. Each child in class offers a unique and expansive process to his/her learning. We teachers are in the environment to help open the windows further and maintain space where the children can learn life skills joyfully.
February was a very connected and sweet month for our class. The children welcome one another daily with a kindness that could vibrate the earth in goodness. We all need that and it is fun to play with them creating it. Imaginative play outside has transitioned to another amazing level of dynamic exercise. Yearly this is the time of year we go through process when children are sharing ideas more and seeking to be heard from peers-friends. This is the main area we pay closest support to: listening. During beginning circle we are playing many listening games to exercise this vital skill. We share that listening and being present is just as important as sharing verbal ideas. The main words we focus on are: Listening and Patience.
I lead the children in eye contact games and storytelling listening games. The eye contact game is covering my mouth and using my eyes to communicate an emotion and the children guess. This one is very fun and engaging. I then lead them in a discussion about our bodies, how we carry them, how we interact with other bodies around us. How we show our intentions. The storytelling listening game is used with the Talking Rock (held by the speaker) and we listen for Facts, Feelings and Values. This shared experience has offered deep levels of empathy and sympathy development for all your children and I am telling you, when children use this skill they could blow MANY adults out of the water! From the mouths of babes comes brilliance.
I extend inclusion of our darling boys to this awesome quote:
“A girl (boy) knows her limits, but a wise girl (boy) knows she has none.”
-Norma Jeane Mortenson
Thank you also for your support and joy surrounding our first annual Pie Auction! For those who we know wanted to be there and could not attend, we missed you dearly and look forward to more to come. Jeff Miller created an amazingly magical experience as our master chief and auctioneer! Colleen Miller and Jen Keller-Parker were the brains, joy and power behind our successful first year endeavor; the room was twinkling with love and light for sure! And our amazing Jordan Beck-Vroom was the master behind our beautiful fish prints (next year we want a whole salmon!) and many thanks to Camp Sealth offering such a beautiful and historic space. And thank you Bob Keller and Jen for creating a beautiful school slide show I hope we can play at the end of our school year. Please look for a fundraiser report in the next week that details where our proceeds are going! We had a successful first year with $3400 raised!
March Curriculum Topics
· Home: what does home mean to each of the children. We will make some house posters for the children to express in words and art how they feel about their own Home.
· South America continues
· Introduction to Human Body study (http://www.innerbody.com is a great site for the human body systems). In class we will take a basic look at the skeletal, muscular and digestive systems.
· Beginning Self Portraits
· Water: why our earth and bodies need water and fun exercises to learn about water conservation in our own backyards.
Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
· Parent Conference sign-up sheet for end of March is on top of cubbies
· Self Portrait volunteer?
· Thank you for keeping up on head checks on your children. The lice preventative research Jordan offered us this autumn is on our school blog under Parent Resources http://klahanienurseryschool.blogspot.com/. Thank you also for keeping children home when sick or in discomfort when healing from an illness.