It is hard to believe that the school year has ended and June has burst in with its hot, humid days and the anticipation of trips, beach days, bar-b-ques and picnics.
Here in Room B May was a busy month. The children performed the songs they had worked so hard to learn for Celebration of Friends day. Afterward they presented their special friends with their handmade lanterns and birds. A great time was had by everyone. The day culminated in the clothesline art festival where room B proudly displayed their painted t-shirts, fish kites and cherry blossom art prints.
The remainder of the month was devoted to learning about bugs and animals that live in the ocean. The children enjoyed observing the live crickets that temporarily took up residence in our room. Spiders and other creepy crawlies were captured, observed and then released back into their natural habitat .
Our short unit on the ocean was enhanced by several experiments. The children learned the difference between sea and fresh water. They discovered things float easier in salt water. They experimented to see what sinks and floats. They made many interesting sea creatures that were mounted on the bulletin board or as they liked to call it their "movie screen aquarium".
The month culminated in a fun day where the children crawled through an obstacle course, blew bubbles, played noodle beach ball hockey, used the parachute to bounce beach balls, and played paddle balloon. Our ice cream sundae snack was the hit of the day! It was then time for final hugs and kisses as we sent the children out the door for the last time this school year. It is our hope that in some small way we have enhanced their lives. They have left an imprint on our hearts and we thank you for sharing them with us.
Now it is time to look ahead. Some parents have asked how to prepare their child for preschool in September. Research is showing the importance of unstructured play (especially outdoor play) in a young child's development. Every competency important to school success is enhanced by play (abstract thought, early literacy, language development, mathematical thinking, social skills and emotional health). Summer is a great time to introduce your child to simple chores if you have not already done so. Continue to encourage self-help skills and turn taking. Ensure your child has some experience away from mom and dad. Allow your child to experiment with glue and scissors. Finally, one of the best ways to prepare for school in September is one of the easiest. Spend some time reading and playing with your child daily!
With those final words it is time to say not goodbye but SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER! Have a fun, relaxing and safe summer.
Tr. DeleeT. Patrice
From mindful beginnings come global perspectives. In teaching our students to see goodness in everyone, we prepare them for the world outside of Goshen – to be caring, compassionate, involved, invested, curious, problem solving citizens of this earth.