Spring is in the air. The weather is starting to get warmer. The grass and the flowers are starting to grow. Trees are budding and soon will be filled with leaves. The children are eager to go outside and play.
We will be visiting Tyler Arboretum on April 8 for a spring exploration walk. The children will be seeing, hearing, smelling, and touching signs of spring. This trip enables the children to experience what has been discussed in class. It attaches reality to classroom activities.
We will be learning about spring weather, animals in Spring, plants and flowers reappearing, and Spring activities. Recycling is also a part of our learning. It is my hope that the activities will heighten their awareness for our environment. Everyone can make a contribution and improve the earth. This coordinates with Earth Day.
Our school is celebrating International Week from April 28- May 1. The entire school will be learning about the cultures of Israel, Canada, and Nigeria. The children in C1 will be learning about the Nigerian culture during April. Previously we learned about the cultures of Israel and Canada. We will be learning about crocodiles, lions, hippos, and gorillas. This matches with our letter of the week "A" for animals. At the end of the month, we will be working together as an entire preschool to create a wall decoration for the Lower School hallway for International Week. Many cultural activities have been planned for International Week. Throughout the week, there will be presentations and active activities. The week will end with "One World Cafe" for the entire school and parents to enjoy. There will be food from the various countries to taste. Many booths with art activities and active participation activities will be available for children to enjoy.
Our Clothesline Art Festival will occur on May 13. Each child from the school will have an artistic creation on display.
Mother's Day and Celebration of Friends Day occurs early in May. The children will make handmade presents for both. There will also be a special presentation in the Meetinghouse for Celebration of Friends Day. We hope a special older friend comes for each child.
The year will end with favorite stories. The children will depict these stories through art, puppetry, and acting.The book area in every classroom is an area for quiet reading. The books reflect a theme that is occurring at that time. It is a chance to expand their knowledge on a particular theme. Many times they look at the pictures and use their imagination to make up a story to match. At times it can be a shared social experience. Two children may look at a book together and pretend to read to each other. They will take turns listening and talking. One child might retell the story from memory. It is also a time for each child to make a decision. They choose a book to view and focus their attention. Each day I read a book during our circle time. The book directly relates to our theme and our daily art project. Each child enjoys hearing the story. This develops listening and focus skills. As they are listening, they sit on their sit-upons. This reinforces their personal space.
At times, a book can enhance their emotional development. A child, who is upset, will readily settle when is a book is read to him/her by a teacher. In this instance, a book is used for comfort and increases their love of books. Books can do so much for each child and serves many purposes.
In friendship,Tr. Joyce & Tr. Maria
C1 classroom picturesHighland Orchards photos
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.