January Recap: 2018 is off to a wonderful start! The children have begun the year with such enthusiasm. It is so hard to believe that January is already over, and February is here! We had fun learning all about Antarctica and all the animals that are able to live in the harsh, cold environment. All the students showed interest in the animals that hibernate—-it is amazing to watch their curiosity grow each day. They made amazing Monet Paintings that are framed and on display in the classroom for the children to show off with immense pride. Be sure to stop in and allow them to show you around the room and all their hard work. They have also all made progress with finger dexterity by practicing sign language counting to 10 and days of the week…. you can see the difference in their writing skills as their fingers get stronger. Our class was fortunate to have a demonstration from a student’s family on why some cultures wear turbans and even showed us how to tie several types. For the month of love, our class will have a card exchange to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Have your child bring 8 Valentine’s cards to school (date to be announced). Please have them address the cards at home by writing “To: My Friend and From: (Your Child’s Name)”. Thank you for adhering to our low sugar policy for lunches and snack during this month full of sweets and treats! I hope that everyone will participate in this activity to spread love and kindness to each other.
February Recap: Spring is finally here! With spring comes a new opportunity for the children to learn and grow. I am grateful to be a part of that growth. Thank you so much for your participation in the Valentine exchange. It was a great lesson for the children to learn to give and receive and learn what “Love” means! We also learned all about Asia last month. The children especially enjoyed all the unique sounds of the instruments from Asia and how the music makes you feel. You should stop by our art wall to see the 2 different art projects they completed in February to show the diversity of types of art.
March Recap: I hope everyone had a relaxing and eventful Spring Break! I cannot wait to hear the many adventures the children had on their time off. Let’s bring on the April showers so we can have beautiful May flowers. The month of March brought tremendous growth in our classroom. All the children are choosing challenging work on their own and have welcomed new students with kindness and friendship. We explored the world of dinosaurs and discovered how many students it took to be the same size as a Tyrannosaurus Rex(11), Apatosaurus(23), Compsognathus(1), Parasaurolopus(9) Deinonychus(2), and Pteranodon(7). Be sure to ask your child which is their favorite dinosaur! Irish music was a big hit on St. Patrick’s Day and egg decorating on the Persian New year was fun for all. We also learned about the amazing continent of Africa with its unique animals and ancient landmarks.
April Recap: We had so much fun learning about Earth Day with all the ways we can help save the Earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling. We even made our very own paper by reusing and recycling old paper scraps! We were mesmerized with all the unique animals and sea life in the Continent of Australia and could not believe all the unique landmarks found down under. The children had a blast planting their own seeds and are enjoying watching them grow. Aboriginal music and art were both big hits with all the children experiencing the Didgeree Doo firsthand.
May Recap: We made it to the end of the school year! It was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of your child’s daily growth and development. I hope that they have learned as much as they have taught me this past year. Last month we had a blast visiting South America and learning about the amazing animals that live in all the layers of the Rain Forest. We witnessed metamorphosis when our butterflies emerged – the children loved watching the process. The landmarks of South America proved to be the favorite of the class (Easter Island, Galapagos Island, Amazon River, Machu Pichu…. What’s not to love?) Thank you all for the amazing Teacher Appreciation Week—it is nice to know all our hard work is noticed and appreciated 😉 Another thank you for participating in our Book Fair! Having more books in the children hands (albeit at home or school) make a world of difference in overall brain development.
June Recap: It has been an amazing year and I feel privileged to have been a part of your child’s growth and development. Over this month, we learned all about California—our landmarks, animals, and plants that are all native here. We also discovered different means of transportation that we can use throughout the state. All the children helped make an end of the year book compiling work from throughout the school year along with all their art work. We hope you enjoy them!