Greetings from preschool Room B, where we are pushing through the long winter with plenty of laughter, learning and fun!
As I sat down recently to make lesson plans for February and March, I reflected back on the many ways we have been talking about the Quaker values, or, “spices” that make the foundation for learning at our school. Simplicity: the children made beautiful picture frames wrapped in hand-made paper to give to their families as a holiday gift. Peace: we talked about the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who taught us we must use peaceful means to resolve conflicts. Integrity: we continue to learn how to use our words to advocate for ourselves and our friends, and to say, “I’m sorry,” when we’ve made a friend sad. Community: we pulled together as a group and sang our hearts out for the winter concert and at the All-School Gathering in January. It was the first time many of us had ever performed “on stage” before! Equality: we learned, through the teachings of Dr. King, that we can all be friends, no matter what color we are. Stewardship: we collected hats and gloves for our neighbors at the Devereaux Kanner Center.
And sprinkled throughout these life lessons, we have decorated our room beautifully with wintery snowmen and snowflakes. The children especially enjoyed the morning we made watercolor paintings and hibernating bear caves from paper bags. And we had lots of fun making personal pizzas one day, too.
We’ve got lots to look forward to in February and March. We will make groundhog puppets and enjoy a quick science lesson on shadows. We’ll learn how scientists dig for dinosaurs and talk about that breezy weather phenomenon, the wind! We’ll talk about healthy eating habits and good dental hygiene, and celebrate two fun holidays (that chocolate-lovers love!), Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. We will also learn how Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year, or Seollal. We will have fun with rhyming and phonemic awareness when we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March. And just to be sure we keep moving, we’ll enjoy a field trip to Jumpers in February and have a dance class here at school with Rhonda from Time to Leap dance studio in West Chester.
It’s a beautiful day in Room B!
In friendship, Tr. Mimi and Tr. Patrice
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