Our morning work cycle is now functioning as two parts within the whole. We split the class into two groups, with each one having a one-hour work cycle with me in the classroom. This is about equivalent to the length of time we were all together in the classroom before. With this new setup, the children are able to receive more one-on-one and small-group lessons with increased opportunities for concentration and focus.
The students who are outside during this time are with Ms. Sara or Ms. Terri, and their world is full of learning as well. Our outdoor environment provides opportunities for children to learn about and study the natural world through gardening, watering, and mini “nature walks.” All of our activities that used to be on the deck have now been moved to the play area, including painting on big paper, the water table, and our beloved bubbles.
After our work cycles, we all join together on the playground, and students spend the rest of the morning working, building, and playing together. This kind of play – free play within a large space and with other students – is necessary for neurological development in children. As children encounter new scenarios, sort through the possibilities in their minds, and choose how to problem-solve or follow-through with their given activities, they are creating or solidifying neuronal connections in the brain and preparing the way for more conscious relationships in the future.
We are enjoying this new schedule and all that it has to offer. We will keep observing the children to note any changes in demeanor and skill development. We are open to feedback from you all, as well. If there have been noticeable changes in your child over the past two weeks (or into the near future) or if you have any questions about the split work cycle, please email me and provide feedback.
Themes & Activities
Language: Birds, Clovers, Land/Sea/Sky
Color: Blue + Yellow = Green
Activities: Sensorial bin with birdseed and birds, felt planes, boats, and cars/trucks/etc., for sorting into land, sea, and sky; sound box with the letter H; posting St. Patrick’s Day coins into container; clover pin punch.
Songs and Fingerplay
This Land – Spring Performance
(Tune: This Land Is Your Land)
This land is your land
This land is my land
Let’s work together
To make it better
From tall green forests
To clear blue waters
This land was made for you and me
Up in the sky, the baby birds fly
Down in their nest, the baby birds rest
(Cup hands and tuck in thumbs)
With a wing on the left
And a wing on the right
(Fold in left arm then right arm)
Tired baby birds sleep all night
(Head on hands, eyes closed)
5 Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck called
“Quack Quack Quack Quack”
But only four little ducks came back
(Countdown to one, then all the ducks come back!)
“We recognize the immense power, the unconscious forces existing in the child on the threshold of life. For many years, we have been proclaiming that it is necessary to educate the child from the moment of birth. We have traced, through study and practical experience, the ideal path leading to the world of children, of these beings whose social status has as yet not been determined, whose rights have not been recognized and who, nevertheless, represent the men of tomorrow.” — Dr. Montessori
March 8: Grandparents’ Night – Bring your grandparents and family from 6-7 p.m. for a night together in the classroom.
March 19-23: Spring Break
March 29: Spring Festival – Early Dismissal
March 30: Spring Holiday — No School