May 2016 Newsletter
I’m not saying we need to save the trees. I’m saying that we need to not overlook their capacity to save us. Put it in your yard and watch it for a while. And pick it carefully because it’s hard to get a tree going. You know if every seed turned into a plant, we’d be living in a very different world. So choose well and open your eyes to give it everything.
Hope Jahren, NPR interview April 29th, 2016 “Lab Girl”
April 2016 Reflection
Our class has leaped into the spring with enthusiasm and creativity in imaginative play and classroom material exploration as well as amazing recycle art projects. Please check out our school’s Facebook page and blog for wonderful pictures of the recycle art creations children appeared to thoroughly enjoy this month, expanding wonderful creativity with the materials. The garden has taken new shape and inspired creativity in exploring play in the space as well as respect for the garden, hosting habitat to many insects, arachnids, oligochaeta (worms) and birds. We began planting seeds and discussion of plant life cycle and plant care. With the increase of imaginative role-playing during garden time we will be introducing more performance encouragement on the garden stage.
Ending our month of Earth focus, I encourage many of you to listen to Hope Jahren’s NPR interview from last Friday April 29th as well as look into her recently published memoir “Lab Girl” focused on her geobiologist quest described in a deeply poetic way. I found her study and focus of botany deeply inspiring. Another fun find was Time magazine’s focus “The Science of Siblings” with some interesting articles and research focused on the inner workings of children within families of varying topic exploration.
May Curriculum Topics
Ten little eggs all in a mound.
Out they will crawl, crawling around.
And then they will sleep and we know why, out they emerge as butterflies.
Butterfly, butterfly what lovely wings.
Flutter by, flutter by how my heart sings.
Butterfly, butterfly I’d like to know, when it rains, when it rains where do you go?
We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.
· Butterfly life cycle and habitat: egg, larva (caterpillar), chrysalis (pupa), butterfly. Our painted lady butterfly larva is on display observation of the life cycle in class until ready for release.
· Moms! Amazing moms and how we show love to our Mamas as well as May Day celebration!
· Amphibians: the amazing world of amphibians and habitats.
· Insects: what is an insect, why are insects important and habitats.
· Woodworking and sewing projects.
· Self Portraits: self-portrait paintings. These treasures will be on display in class until the end of school.
· Friends, Our Neighbors creating empathy development fun: what makes a friend and using Compassionate Listening models as foundation to practice listening games and role playing during circle time. We will make Talking-Listening Sticks to bring home for family time (taking turns holding the Talking stick to speak and listen. Each family member taking turns and repeating back facts, emotions/feelings, values).
· Thank you Klahanie School families for your scholarship raffle donations! May 5th is the drawing!
Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
· - Karl Menninger
Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
· Thank you & Reminder: May 5th is our scholarship fundraiser raffle drawing, thank you for your donations, time-organizing and support!
· Thank you for the play dough donations!
· Thank you for spreading the word for next year enrollment! Would be great to enroll two four-to-five year old children to balance out our multi-age class ratios